Guillermo del Toro Set to Direct Emma Watson in Beauty
Posted 02.14.12 by Chris
What would Ron think?
Guillermo del Toro is attached to direct Emma Watson in Beauty, a live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, reports THR.
The project is the latest in Hollywood's current fairy tale craze (see Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Wizard of Oz). It would also mark the first potential tentpole project for one of the lead actors from the Harry Potter franchise. Aside from Tom Felton's role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the graduates of Hogwarts have opted for smaller projects, including Watson's My Week with Marilyn and The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Daniel Radcliffe's The Woman in Black.
The project is just one of many on del Toro's plate. The director is currently shooting the monster flick Pacific Rim, working on Trollhunters for DreamWorks, developing a Haunted Mansion movie for Disney AND directing two monster projects for Universal - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. Whew.
The project started out as an adaptation of Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley but has since developed into its own story. Warner Bros. the studio setting the Beauty and the Beast project, has hired Andrew Davies to write the script. Davies' credits include the Bridget Jones' Diary movies and 2011's The Three Musketeers. No release date has been set.