By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 13, 2012 at 7:37PM
Just as one "Beauty and the Beast," with French stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, gets underway, Warner Bros. is pushing Guillermo del Toro to direct his planned production of "Beauty and the Beast," with Brit TV scribe Andrew Davies ("The Three Musketeers") working from his treatment, reports Variety. Del Toro would produce with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.
Warners is negotiating with "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson to play Belle, which seems like a terrible idea. She was well-cast in the Rowling series, but was stiff as a door in the recent "My Week with Marilyn." We'll see how she does in Summit's upcoming "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Del Toro is already under the Warners roof, having written "The Hobbit" films, and is currently shooting "Pacific Rim" for the studio and Legendary Pictures.
The French fairy tale was memorably turned into the classic film "La Belle et la Bete" by Jean Cocteau as well as the 1991 Oscar-winning Disney animated musical. See clips below.