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IN THE WORKS: Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Another 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Emma Watson

Photo of Anne Thompson 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.
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La Belle et La Bete
La Belle et La Bete

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.
 

This article is related to: News, IN THE WORKS, Harry Potter, Guillermo Del Toro, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.