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Guillermo del Toro to direct a Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson!

Published at: Feb. 13, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Hot on the heels of Christophe Gans announcing his Beauty and the Beast project comes word (via Variety) that Guillermo del Toro is going to follow up Pacific Rim with his own take on Beauty and the Beast, which will star Harry Potter's Emma Watson. Bridget Jones' Andrew Davis is scripting.

I've heard that Gans' take on the material is from the original version of the tale, by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, that has never been adapted for the screen.

Knowing Guillermo his version is going to go beyond the typical fairy tale we already know. That guy has one of the most interesting fantasy eyes of any living filmmaker. Especially dark fantasy.

While it's still not the $100 million+ Lovecraft flick we want out of Guillermo it could be quite amazing and Watson will be a great beauty. What do you folks think?

-Eric Vespe
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  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    First?

    by angdiall

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Need more on Pacific Rim.

    by john

    Any set pics?

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    is Emma the Beauty or the Beast ...knowing Guillermo

    by regan

    first snow white, now this come on hellywood.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I would love del Toro to do some serious Sci-Fi horror

    by abrahonda

    Like Aliens/Prometheus or a Scanners remake

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Emma better stop shaving down below now...

    by Gus Van Rant

    So that she looks like she is wearing mongoose underpants and suspenders ala Larry King.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    But seriously...I would bang her silly.

    by Gus Van Rant

    This message was approved by Gus Van Rant.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Beauty & the Beast, aka "French girl with Stocolm's Syndrome"

    by Ricardo

  • I don't know if I should blame the studios or The Del Toro himself. I love him and his films, but sometimes I wonder. -Namaste-

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Beh.

    by vanchimera

    As long as he's not writing it or adding any tiny creatures, I'll be okay. Dude's creative, but I really feel like his creativity is hindered by a lack of sense. I want to love him, though.

  • Where does it say this is Disney?

  • Del Toro is one of the biggest hacks around. It's no surprise Disney has decided to yoke him for another all-visuals-no-brains film where he can pat himself on the back for how awesomely "dark and messed up" he is, despite any evidence to support this from his filmography. Given the number of fan films Hollywood is making, doesn't surprise me in the least that he's still their number one go-to-guy when Tim Burton's turned them down. No wonder this guy got fired from Hobbit.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Booo Urnns!

    by DarthBlart

    booring.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Del Toro

    by JulietsCans

    He may be passing on movies we want to see but if he brings me Emma Watson naked, I will forgive him. For now....

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    He'll probably cast Ron Perlman as The Beast.

    by JediRob

    He'll never pull it off.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    There are 2 "Beauty and the Beast" TV shows coming as well

    by John Brown

    One based on the fairy tale, one based on the old TV series about the dude living in the sewers. My prediction is that at least one of these projects will end up getting called "Beast." Or some other pretentious take on the title that attempts to differentiate itself from the other THREE projects based on the same story.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Cast Ron Perlman!

    by shane peterson

    My God. Full circle.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I seriously doubt this.

    by Green

    GdT has 1,000,000,000 projects set up. He may get to this one, but chances are he won't. Time will tell...

  • Oh and i think the story itself doesnt suck either. Would rather watch this 10/10 times than Hellboy 3.

  • What do you mean by "original tale"? BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a fairy and folk tale with variations from all over the world.

  • OK.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Del Toro will probably base it on the folk tale

    by hipnosismag

    Knowing him and his dark sensibility, he will probably base it on the Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve written version of the folk tale from 1740. Its much darker and it will give him room for monsters and all sorts of crazy stuff. I bet it will have little to do with the Disney one with talking brooms and dancing clocks.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Are people really ready...

    by Horned One

    ...for big budget beastiality?

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    del Toro? Watson? Hnnnnng.

    by Craig Partain

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Apparently fairy tale reboots are the new comic book films.

    by SebastianHaff

    Three Snow Whites, two Beauty and the Beasts, that stupid looking Hansel and Gretel movie that looks like the tween version of Underworld, and we still have Burton's Alice abortion in recent memory. It's not that I'm opposed to any one project in particular, but in light of every other fucking movie being some kind of hip fairy tale reboot, this is incredibly underwhelming. It's over-saturation, and similar to how by the time the superhero movies got to fucking Electra and Daredevil, I quit going to them, I'm already burned out on this nonsense.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    JAVIER BARDEM AS GASTON

    by Tigger Tales

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Duelling projects never come out well

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    You either have one hit and one flop, or else two flops, or else two solid-grossing movies that would have made more money if they weren't directly cannibalizing each other's audience. Remember Wyatt Earp/Tombstone, Volcano/Dante's Peak, ect.? Both of those Snow White movies are going to underperform severely, and the same with these.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Emma Watson+Del Toro=Awesome

    by Relugus

    Hoping Del Toro prioritises putting Watson into as many skimpy, sensual costumes as humanly possible and throws in some nude scenes (for artistic reasons, of course).

  • when Del Toro could follow up Pacific Rim with At the Mountains of Madness instead. It seems Hollywood really is in full fairy tale mode.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    May I suggest

    by Rasmus Starup Petersen

    ...The inevitably re-teaming of Watson and Rupert Grint on this one.

  • Pretty young woman being seduced by a dirty, hairy old freak of a man. If it were reversed, kinda like the Twilight phenomenon with all the soccer mom's getting all hot and bothered over that Alpaca-faced dude that plays the shirtless werewolf, and it was a female beast and a male beauty, then maybe I could see this being okay with all the parent groups and stuff like that, in the name of protecting the children of the world and everything. I wonder if Ron Perlman will be in Del Toro's version? Maybe he can reprise his role of the Beast from the TV series of B and the B that had Linda Hamilton.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    FULL FRONTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by conspiracy

    Not the Beast though...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Every actor will fall on themselves to play the Beast

    by chien_sale

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    HAHA

    by ryan

    You fucking talkback pervs never let me down! cheers!

  • and gives the studios reason to greenlight ATMOM. The teen girls better support Del Toro's Beauty and Beast

  • No hellboy 3? If not him; the guy who made "don't be afraid of the dark, but finish the trilogy dammit!

  • -children cooked and eaten by a witch? -a minor kidnapped and forced to marry a beast? -a mermaid who cuts her own tongue and then dies? -a girl dying of frostbite while selling matches on the street? -a minor forced to live and serve 7 midgets in a mine?

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    still no Lovecraft...

    by awardgiver

    FUCK!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    They are not making a HB3 movie since the last two

    by KilliK

    were mediocre successes.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    And you know fuck Helloby.Despite their imaginative visuals

    by KilliK

    and Perlman being a perfect Hellboy,Del Toro made two commercialized,mediocre movies which had few things in common with the original comics. No wonder PJ hired him to make the Hobbit..

  • Didn't filmmakers used to mess with the talent like that? Nowadays the director has to pass a message through two fuckwit assistants, and if the actor gets offended it's the director who gets shit-canned. Awesome.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Maybe Del Toro should finish a film first....

    by TitusPullo

    instead of keep talking about making one or 5. HELLBOY 2 came out 4 years ago.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Yeah, as long as it's got singing cutlery and dancing wardrobes and shit.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    garagons, scary fairy tales

    by lv_426

    Fuckin' A! I would love some non-kiddie, non-PG-13, R or NC-17 fairy tales. I actually always liked the notion of doing a Beauty and the Beast type of tale set in a science fiction/space opera setting. Maybe some nasty and powerful aliens that are fascinated with humans show up in the Earth's skies one day, and demand that we give them a human girl to take with them or they will blow us all to beef jerky? So obviously, the governments of the world agree to this idea, and a girl is picked and is taken by an alien scientist to another world or alien space station or something along those lines. From there you've got your typical Beauty and the Beast scenario playing out in an alien setting. Maybe it isn't even a love story per se, but more of a coming to an understanding and respect for the other species type of story or something.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I would love to see his version of Tarzan

    by hallmitchell

    I just love his take on properties. His Strain trilogy is amazing. I would love to see him make dark fantasy for the rest of his life. I'm pleased with this news.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    But can Del Toro top the power of BAY?

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GNhdQRbXhc

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    I feel like I read about this months ago somewhere.

    by Demosthenes2

    Is the news just that it was officially greenlit, but was in development before? I'd rather see Guillermo del Toro's Haunted Mansion that was floating about a while ago.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    I'd be cool if Del Toro managed to make the Beast look just like the Disney one.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    50% Lion + 50% Bison = 100% cool! Was there anyone that really thought he looked better as a pretty boy human? What a letdown. Anyway, Del Toro will be hard pressed to equal that iconic Disney design - so he might as well just steal it! And of course, yes I'm well aware Disney didn't create the character. Just pointing out that Disney did it so well and successfully. No, my guess is good old Guillermo will over design something totally impractacal and illogical, weigh it down in frivolously odd eccentricities instead of going for something more elegantly simple and recognizable. - I base the majority of this assessment on the mess that is HellBoy 2: The Golden Army, where Del Toro showed he has no idea what to do when given all the resources and time he could ever require to accomplish his vision (pretty sure The Hobbit dodged a bullet).

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Hermione's back!

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Emma baby! It's so weird seeing her all grown up as the first Harry Potter came out a little while after 9/11 which seems like such a long time ago. When the world still seemed to offer some hope. She's like a neighborhood kid all grown up now. I hope she has a future in film and can keep it together. I really do shed a tear to see someone who used to be so gorgeous like Lindsey Lohan turn into such a nasty skank.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    So he gave up The Hobbit so he can go do some Beast on chick action?

    by Onin Solstice

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one....

    by The Dwayne

    ...who thinks Del Toro is overrated? I mean it's like....he does the same exact thing in every movie since Pan's Labyrinth. Some either spooky scenario or fantasy character that is elaborate just so he can stroke his own e-peen.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    i too was excited when i heard about this SIX MONTHS AGO

    by newc0253

    @demonthenes2 remembers correctly: it was announced last July that she was attached to the project: http://tinyurl.com/7p64567

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:45 a.m. CST

    It's too bad Emma Watson can't act for shit

    by kwisatzhaderach

    But I guess she is BANKABLE in the sense that all the Harry Potter squee-ers will come out to see her.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I would love del Toro to do some serious Sci-Fi horror

    by palewook

    dude that is a great thought. wish del toro would.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    the dwayne

    by aPo

    ummm...he only made one movie after Pan's Labyrinth and that was Hellboy 2 and I'll put HB 2 in the top 5 of comic book movies.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    I'm more interested in the Gans version. He's an

    by Ecto-1

    incredible director who needs be making more films. I've lost a lot of faith in Del Toro since he disappeared up his own arse with Hellboy 2. That flick was just self indulgent crap and nothing like the comic. I was dreading the prospect of his take on The Hobbit. Peter Jackson is the best choice for it, it's just a shame that it's gonna be in crappy 3D. Guess I'll be waiting for the 2D blu-ray extended cut boxed set of both parts. 3 years maybe? sigh... Too early to tell for Pacific Rim, but I think Del Toro is edging close to Tim Burton cliche territory with yet another fantasy/fairy tale based project. Isn't he attached to Pinoccio too? Del Toro's best works are his smaller projects like Cronos, Devil's Backbone, and Pan. Give him a large budget, and he fumbles. With two snow white flicks competing this year and now the prospect of two competing Beauty & Beast, the studios are are being arseholes as there's plenty of other material out there that can be adapted.

  • A fairy tale that already has two perfect film adaptations and a popular chick tv show. Be still, my engorged excitement. Needs two more movies like I need to know any of the zillion reasons Quint loves movies.

  • And yeah, we know you have to pay the rent too, but you can't keep alienating you fan base to appease that evil fucking mouse.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see either or both versions of Beauty.

    by Rob Jenson

    Gans and Del Toro are both hugely talented but, except for Pan's, I haven't seen a movie from either of them that hit every note quite right. They're both great artists that just haven't quite gotten there yet (except, yes, for Pan's) but who I'd love to see really nail it. Personally I'm glad Del Toro's off The Hobbit. I just don't feel his sensiblities are quite right for the material, but they're absolutely perfect for Beauty and the Beast. However, I'll believe either of these movies are actually happening when cameras begin to roll. Till then it's all talk, and Del Toro especially is good at making vapor films.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Ron Perlman as the beast! Ha ha, sweet irony!

    by Jaster Mareel

    Seriously, there are about 20 billion things I'd rather Del Toro spend his time on. Creature From the Black Lagoon chief among them.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I think I've lost count of the number of projects Del Toro is attached to.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Maybe he should clone himself so he can actually make those movies.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    @ Wrath of Fett

    by Zahaladeen

    Haha I was thinking the same thing.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The hairy one...

    by xoandre

    Since Emma Watson decided to shave her head, she has lost a ton of fans. Sorry if I tic anyone off, but if I cannot tell a person is a man or woman when looking at him/her from behind, then I always assume it's a man. She looks like a man with padded chest and feminine face. If she does not grow her hair out or at least wear a nice wig to cover that bald head of hers, there's no way it would work. Oh, and don't get me started on Michael Williams. His portrayal of Marilyn Monroe was nasty.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Will it look all stagey?

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Okay, two things...

    by RogueWarrior65

    A) she'd better grow her hair out long and luxurious again. B) I'm picturing the Meatloaf video for "I would do anything for love" so a tub scene will be required.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Wait, wasn't he already attached to 6 or 7 other projects?

    by D.Vader

    To do after Pacific Rim?

  • Best part of brotherhood of the wolf. Terrific movie, made even better by her. Fact

  • Just like the others.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Please God in Heaven if you can hear me...

    by Baron Von Penguin

    Don't let this piece of shit get made. I beg you. I love Del Toro but I fuckin hate Emma Watson and her non acting abilities. I also don''t get why anyone would find her attractive since she looks like a cross between Rodney's Girlfriend Cassandra from Only Fools And Horses and a ten year old boy.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    That could be very, very good indeed.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    She's a cute girl, but she can't act her way out of a paper bag

    by MoaKaka

    Seriously, he couldn't find an actress who can actually ACT?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    roguewarrior65

    by AsimovLives

    Did you know that Michael Bay directed the Meatloaf video for "I'll Do Everything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    garagons

    by AsimovLives

    Oh yeah!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I read this news months ago.

    by Randy

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Body double for a bare shoulder

    by Rtobert

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    One of these projects will be called 'Belle'

    by performingmonkey

    Fact. Also, at least one actress from Twilight, one from True Blood and one from Vampire fucking Diaries will appear. Does Emma Watson have the chops to pull off the role of Belle? Nope. Though maybe she just needs the space to prove her worth... Personally I don't really find her attractive, considering she looks like a 12-year-old boy, but if that's your thing... No doubt she goes like a fuckin freight train, but seriously I would be like...'give me a real grown-up woman' ;)

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I love "Santo Guillermo" but for the love of everything...

    by Lord Elric

    AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!!!! After PACIFIC RIM makes it's money, surely Universal would want to reward him and let him do this as well as make him the guy they've been looking for to relaunch their Horror division.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Creepythinturd=FACT!!!!

    by crystalplumage

    Hey Junior, Does your mommy know that you're using her computer? You little wart. I can't believe for a second that this douche bag (or any asshole on these talk-backs like him) is a day older than twelve. Come on people let's get rid of these morons and use our "freedom of speech" for what it's worth. There's nothing even remotely important being said by any of these little retards. And that statement about people not being equipped for the real world if they can't handle these talk backs..... Please!!! That was clearly made by another kid...... These talk backs are littered with little runts with nothing better to do. There's nothing that can convince me that these people are adults, and if they are.... OHHH BOY!!! Fucking Losers.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    ahhh man... I would rather see something from GDT!

    by Judge Briggs

    Fuck this idea! YAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWNNN...

  • It was going to be a motion-capture CGI-fest.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    While I totally agree with everyone pointing out...

    by Jon Forbing

    ... that he's announced like fifty other projects that never happened (I still want to see his take on "The Haunted Mansion" that he talked about like a year ago"), I have no idea where the shit-talking's coming from. I love Del Toro, I think he's one of the most amazing directors working today, and I would love to see his "dark fanasy" take on a story like this. Yeah, it sucks that someone else is trying to make a movie based on the same story, but at least one of them looks promising (unlike this year's "Snow White" double-feature).

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Hells yeah! Can't wait to see what G.D.T. has in store for us

    by Carven

    If Pan's Labyrinth is any indication of the directon Del Toro has for this movie, then I am all in. I was really bummed when he passed on The Hobbit, but it was always Peter Jackson's movie(s) to make. Since he's worked with Ron Pearlman in the Hellboy movies, I'd love to at least see a cool cameo appearance as a tip of the hat to his previous work on the Beauty and the Beast show that was airing way back in the early '90s.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Watson could benefit from Del Toro's direction

    by Relugus

    Emma Watson was great in Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, but then lost that spark somewhat in the remaining HP movies. She's not bad, just rather brittle. She can act IMHO, but is very unfocused as a result of going from one HP movie to the next and doing her uni studies. Del Toro is the kind of director who could bring more out of her. She needs to grow that hair back; it frames her face and gives it a boost of symmetry which makes her beautiful. Really, its a shame Peter Jackson never got Evangelion off the ground, Watson was surely a perfect fit for Asuka Langley Sohryu.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Change it around

    by David Cloverfield

    Make it a male beauty and put watson in monster make up. Just saying.