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Guillermo del Toro will direct Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson

Feb. 14, 2012by:

Last summer, we brought you news that Guillermo del Toro (PACIFIC RIM) would be producing a new live-action rendition of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with Emma Watson attached to play the Beauty. Well, now let's solidify that a little bit more by reporting that del Toro will now direct the project - now known as BEAST - and that Watson is now in final negotiations to take on the female lead role.

According to Variety, del Toro - who's still producing alongside Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan - will write a treatment that will then be handed over to writer Andrew Davies (BBC's "Pride & Prejudice") to turn into a screenplay. Not much else is known about the project except that del Toro plans on keeping the story within a period setting.

What does this mean for the long-awaited AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS? Many believed (read: hoped) that film would be his follow-up to the currently filming monsters vs. robots epic PACIFIC RIM, though that may no longer be the case.

So, what say you guys to a del Toro-helmed Beauty and the Beast tale?

Source: Variety

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8:16AM on 02/15/2012
I give it a week before he punks the fuck out of this project, just like the 50 other projects he attaches himself to then they end up going nowhere.
I give it a week before he punks the fuck out of this project, just like the 50 other projects he attaches himself to then they end up going nowhere.
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12:15AM on 02/15/2012
Tim Burton should make another Batman movie, and cast Emma Watson as Poison Ivy. Fuck and yes.
Tim Burton should make another Batman movie, and cast Emma Watson as Poison Ivy. Fuck and yes.
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4:53PM on 02/14/2012
I'm started to not like Del Toro as much as I use to. He is started to get a bit ahead of himself. After the whole Hobbit debacle, I'm beginning to think GDT is going Hollywood, instead of sticking with projects he actually has passion for. Just my opinion, I still think he is one talented Dircetor, but come on already.
I'm started to not like Del Toro as much as I use to. He is started to get a bit ahead of himself. After the whole Hobbit debacle, I'm beginning to think GDT is going Hollywood, instead of sticking with projects he actually has passion for. Just my opinion, I still think he is one talented Dircetor, but come on already.
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3:31PM on 02/14/2012
Wow. I am utterly stunned. I didn't think that it was possible for me not to have zero interest in a Del Toro movie.

And maybe he'll caste Ron Pearlman as beast! .... oh wait.
Wow. I am utterly stunned. I didn't think that it was possible for me not to have zero interest in a Del Toro movie.

And maybe he'll caste Ron Pearlman as beast! .... oh wait.
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12:24PM on 02/14/2012
I take all Del Toro attachment news with a gallon of salt. The man attaches himself to every high-concept monster project in Hollywood, but how many films has he actually made since Hellboy? Yeah. I love the guy but when he signs on for a film I assume there's a 90% chance the project never comes to fruition.
I take all Del Toro attachment news with a gallon of salt. The man attaches himself to every high-concept monster project in Hollywood, but how many films has he actually made since Hellboy? Yeah. I love the guy but when he signs on for a film I assume there's a 90% chance the project never comes to fruition.
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11:19AM on 02/14/2012

No comment about del Toro

But that has to be one of the most hypnotically captivating picture of a stunningly beautiful young actress. I am literally in awe of her beauty in that photo.
But that has to be one of the most hypnotically captivating picture of a stunningly beautiful young actress. I am literally in awe of her beauty in that photo.
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10:08AM on 02/14/2012

C'mon Guillermo

This coupled with Haunted Mansion, Frankenstein, and all the other unintersting projects he has coming down the pike. Are we ever going to see At The Mountains of Madness and Hellboy 3, or will we be subjected to him being a company man for the rest of his career?
This coupled with Haunted Mansion, Frankenstein, and all the other unintersting projects he has coming down the pike. Are we ever going to see At The Mountains of Madness and Hellboy 3, or will we be subjected to him being a company man for the rest of his career?
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9:37AM on 02/14/2012

I like Emma Watson as an actress,

and I'd be interested to see how Guillermo del Toro handles this story. Yeah, it sucks that Mountains of Madness isn't happening but this could work, too.
and I'd be interested to see how Guillermo del Toro handles this story. Yeah, it sucks that Mountains of Madness isn't happening but this could work, too.
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8:05AM on 02/14/2012
I'd much much rather see At the Mountains of Madness. Even though Beast seems like a good fit for Del Toro (and Watson), the one thing I'm grateful for Burton's Alice in Wonderland is that it proved to me that you really can do a concept to death. That's why I'm also not in the least interested in those Snow WHite movies as well
I'd much much rather see At the Mountains of Madness. Even though Beast seems like a good fit for Del Toro (and Watson), the one thing I'm grateful for Burton's Alice in Wonderland is that it proved to me that you really can do a concept to death. That's why I'm also not in the least interested in those Snow WHite movies as well
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7:38AM on 02/14/2012

yawn

I can't wait watching the third of fourth version of something I've already seen! I really hope somebody does another fucking Hamlet pretty soon too.
I can't wait watching the third of fourth version of something I've already seen! I really hope somebody does another fucking Hamlet pretty soon too.
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6:52AM on 02/14/2012

YES !!!

I support this 100%. Beauty and the Beast has had some very good representations over the years with La Belle et la Bete and Disney's Beauty & The Beast. GUilermo Del Toro is a great director and storyteller and I am sur the designs and story he will bring will be amazingly good !
I support this 100%. Beauty and the Beast has had some very good representations over the years with La Belle et la Bete and Disney's Beauty & The Beast. GUilermo Del Toro is a great director and storyteller and I am sur the designs and story he will bring will be amazingly good !
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8:00AM on 02/14/2012
and then there's Beastly
and then there's Beastly
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