Disney+ announced today that a contemporary adaptation of Anna Sewell’s classic 19th century novel, Black Beauty will premiere on the streaming service later this year.
An adaptation of the classic novel Black Beauty, moved to a contemporary setting, will premiere on Disney+ later this year. Originally set in Victorian England, this new adaptation will be set in the modern American West. Black Beauty features Oscar® winner Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) as the voice of “Black Beauty” and stars Mackenzie Foy (“Interstellar”) as Jo Green; Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”) as John Manly; and Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black”) as Mrs. Winthorp. A noticeable change between the original story and this one is that the titular Black Beauty is now a female horse, in the original it’s a stallion (a male horse).
Black Beauty is a wild mustang born free in the American west. When she is captured and taken away from family, her story intertwines with that of 17-year old Jo Green, similarly grieving over the loss of her parents. The two slowly develop a bond that is built on love, respect and mutual healing.
Black Beauty is directed by Ashley Avis (“Adolescence”) who also wrote the screenplay. JB Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt (“Polar,” “Monster Hunter”) and Robert Kulzer (“Polar”) from Constantin Film are producers and Martin Moszkowicz, Edward Winters and Jon Brown are executive producers. Dylan Tarason is a co-producer, and Moonlighting Films president Genevieve Hofmeyr (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) is the South African producer.
Black Beauty will premiere on Disney+ later in 2020.