Guillermo del Toro to Direct ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Retelling with Emma Watson

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 9:57 am,

Reports that Guillermo del Toro is co-conceiving a new treatment of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) hit the interwebs back in Summer 2011, but little to nothing else has been mentioned about the project – due, in part, to del Toro beginning production on his sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim, around the end of last year.

Jump to the present and del Toro is now set to both produce and direct the fable retelling, which Variety says is tentatively titled Beast (though Heat Vision claims the title is actually Beauty). Bear in mind, this is a separate endeavor from both CW’s remake of the 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV series (also called Beast) and Silent Hill director Christophe Gans’ recently-announced cinematic re-imagining of the story, which is slated to star Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).

Variety says that del Toro plans to write a treatment for Beast, which will thereafter be transformed into script form by two-time Emmy winner Andrew Davies. The latter has previously worked on mainstream fare such as Bridget Jones’ Diary and Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, but is best known for penning more serious and acclaimed period dramas – for both the big screen (Brideshead Revisited) and especially in TV mini-series form (Sense & Sensibility, Vanity Fair, Pride & Prejudice, etc.).

Beast is indeed confirmed as being a period piece – unlike last year’s contemporary Beauty and the Beast flick, Beastly – though there’s no word yet on exactly when in history the film will take place. While both recent and impending fairy tale re-imaginings have tended to favor a Medieval setting (Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman) there’s no guarantee that del Toro will go a similar route.

However, Variety has affirmed that Emma Watson is essentially set (ie. in “final negotiations”) to headline Beast. In a sense, this del Toro project could end up testing the Harry Potter actress’ bankability in a manner similar to how The Woman in Black has tested her former costar Daniel Radcliffe – seeing how Watson’s other post-Potter parts to date (in My Week with Marilyn and the upcoming The Perks of Being a Wallflower) do not use her as so major a selling point, to the degree that Beast will.

Revamped fairy tale films are definitely starting to wear out their welcome – and, for many people, they already have – but the idea of del Toro sitting at the helm of Beast is a promising one. Fans of the Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy filmmaker are certainly going to be stoked by the idea of him putting his imaginatively dark artistic touch on the classic romance tale about a gorgeous young woman and a prince cursed to become a hideous monster.

Of course, having Watson serve as the female lead (eye candy?) in Beast will also help attract the attention of moviegoers who are less inclined to see a fairy tale movie, even if it promises to boast great storytelling and creative production design alike.


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast adaptation (whatever the official title ends up being) as the story develops.

Source: Variety, THR

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  1. Who better to play the beauty than Emma Watson? She’s not only beautiful (i’d marry her any day), but also very talented as an actor. I’ll look out for this! ;)

  2. The movie is called Beauty not Beast.

    • I actually like that title better. Layered meanings always work.

    • It looks like (depending on which entertainment publication you believe) the title is either Beast or Beauty.

      I’ll add a note, for clarification.

  3. So far this one’s in good hands. Who better to give us a world of fantasy.

  4. This looks very promising. Emma Watson is perfect for this!

  5. Sounds interested, but it’s another step away from seeing Hellboy 3 :(

    • Agreed. I would like another Hellboy before Ron Perlman gets too old to do it!

        • I can understand that, but the longer he waits, the more he’ll have to consider replacing Ron Perlman.

  6. Im a huge Emma Watson fan so this is great news. She’s definelty beautiful and I can see her playing a sexy British beauty. Hopefully she can keep her accent. :D I’m also happy she’s continuing her career as I knew she would after Harry potter.

  7. Emma Watson? Yes please.

  8. Great to see more Del Toro projects popping up! And after enjoying the masterpiece that is PL he is the one director that can do justice to any fairy-tale adaptation!

    And nothing better than Beauty and the Beast, he will make Beast certainly menacing and dark. Can’t wait! I just wish both Pacific Rim and this would come sooner!!!

  9. Cant wait. And after this Del Toro will hopefully get to make ATMOM

  10. The pedos will be doing backflips

    • As will the zoophiles!

  11. Emma Watson is the perfect Beauty!!!! This movie will rock just for that hahaha ;)

  12. This is all well and good,but I’d prefer Hellboy III.

  13. It seems Del Toro has been spreading himself too thin of late and many of his other projects have been abandoned (The Hobbit, At The Mountains Of Madness, Hellboy 3). I’d like him to concerntrate on one thing at a time instead of getting our hopes up and then leaving things in limbo.

    At least it seems Pacific Rim is too far into production to be halted.

  14. Pans labyrinth is still one of the top ten movies of the last decade IMO. I was totally blown away by how layered it was and how theyre were so many messages going on at one time.

    I hope Del Toro takes the same approach with this movie. I love his characters too…I wouldent even mind if the movie had subtitles either.