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Guillermo del Toro Will Direct Beauty & The Beast Film Starring Emma Watson!

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?

(via Empire)

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  • Kath

    Dear del Toro,
    Stop taking on projects and get your bearded butt back on Hellboy 3/Hellboy Animated 3 before Perlman gets too old.

  • Anonymous

    Considering how much I ADORE Robin McKinley’s Beauty (seriously, go read it if you haven’t), the idea of that book playing into (if it’s not a direct adaption, at least it’s on the creators’ minds) a Beauty and the Beast movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Emma Watson is causing a minor freakout. THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS!

  • Lauron Haney

    No words except for “magic”.

  • applegreen

    Guillermo Del Toro as the director and Andrew Davies as the screenwriter makes my heart skip a beat, and sends shivers of excitement up my spine. 
    Emma Watson, sadly, does not. i assume she will be in the role of beauty…. and that is not something i can picture her in. 
    that said, i’m no casting director. and perhaps i’m underestimating her acting skills (although my judgement stems from physical attributes, purely).

  • Alexandra Marshall

    I’ve been hearing rumors about this…but now that it’s official!! I’m so excited and having a major freak out right now! I love Emma Watson so much, and for her to be doing this project is awesome! Suggestion for the beast…none other than Emma’s Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton! Make it happen please!

  • Anna B

    As a Del Toro fan and an Emma Watson semi-cyberstalker, I can’t even express my joygasm.

  • Anna B

    Forget Felton. If you want a Harry Potter reunion, how about Matthew Lewis, who successfully maneuvered puberty:

  • Anonymous

    Every time I hear about these Fairy Tale reimaginings I always assume they’re going to get the same insufferable “Twilight” treatment that Red Riding hood got. And it’s really not a hard leap to make with Beauty and The Beast.

    Still I like Del Toro a lot and I look forward to seeing what he’ll do with this.

    Also, will someone please give this guy a billion dollars to make “At the Mountains of Madness” already?

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  • Emily hill

    I wouldn’t mind as long as the beast is a beast and not some bald teen covered in Tats thats not a beast damn it

  • Anna B

    You know I do. :D

  • Vic Horsham

     Dear del Toro.  Ignore this person.  Get your butt back into At the Mountains of Madness.

  • Kath

     *Raises an eyebrow* I didn’t say he couldn’t do AtMoM, simply that I wish he’d stop taking on loads of other projects because Perlman – and Hellboy by association – is on an ever-shrinking timeline.

    If del Toro doesn’t get to Hellboy in the next few years, I think Perlman’ll definitely say “No” to a third film.

  • A Talbot

    This is literally my reaction when I read the headline: Oh My Gosh. Oh My Gosh! OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!

    In conclusion, I am beyond excited at this idea, and I haven’t even read Beauty. (although now I intend to)

  • Adam Whitley

    The idea of a gender reversed Beauty and the Beast story is a very appealing one they should totally do that instead.

  • Karen Gulledge

    Ohhhh if he’s at the helm, it’s gonna be AWESOME. And my favorite fairy tale, too! I want it to be dark and for the Beast to be dying of a broken heart without Beauty, not due to the rose petal thing. That worked for Disney, but I want my Del Toro B&B to remain true to the darkness of the original story! WHOO!

  • Frodo Baggins

    The Hellboy movies combine great production design with nigh-unbearable scripts. I’m not sorry to see Of The Bull branching out.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Dear Brotherhood of the Wolf Guy, Whatever the Hell Your Name Was,

    Your Beauty and the Beast movie is henceforth totally screwed, because now a heavyweight has entered the ring.

    Best of luck,


  • Frodo Baggins

    Shallow Hal didn’t turn out so great.

  • Adam Whitley

    Not quite what I had in mind lol

  • Anonymous

     Robin McKinley is just the best. The best.

  • Joi Weaver

    Be still my heart!!! Del Toro taking on one of my favorite fairy tales? HELL YEAH. (Though I do want him to finish Hellboy AND do ATMoM, I’m just glad to see him continuing to make movies. Really really pretty movies.) 

  • Anonymous

    My first thought was her book. I still want to see Sunshine made into a movie.