Guillermo del Toro Will Direct Beauty & The Beast Film Starring Emma Watson!
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:49 am, February 14th, 2012
It’s fairy tale fever this year and Hollywood is Beauty and the Beast crazy town at the moment. We summarized yesterday that two television shows are in the works as well as a movie. Well there was already another film in the works, Beauty (or Beast?), which is now moving ahead with Guillermo del Toro at the helm and Harry Potter’s Emma Watson as the star. (We assume she’d play Beauty but wouldn’t it be interesting if she played the Beast?) I think my body is vibrating with excitement.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. also has Bridget Jones’s Diary screenwriter Andrew Davies to pen the film. Del Toro was originally a part of the project but only as producer and will jump into the directors seat sometime down the road. He’s currently working with Warners on Pacific Rim.
Empire reports that Beauty was “originally envisioned as an adaptation of Robin McKinley’s book Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of The Beauty And The Beast, it’s moved on since then.” They also say this adaptation could be a ways off considering del Toros’ slate. “He’s got so many on the go, including Trollhunters for DreamWorks Animation, both a Jekyll And Hyde and a Frankenstein take for Universal and a new Haunted Mansion film at Disney.”
Meanwhile, Watson’s next project sees her teaming up with Harry Potter director David Yates once again on Your Voice In My Head.
What do you think of a del Toro directed B&B project?