Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Emma Watson

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It’s been years since we’ve heard a solid update on Guillermo del Toro’s live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptationHarry Potter star Emma Watson attached herself as the lead back in 2012, and del Toro continued to develop the project as he tackled Pacific Rim.  Today we have serious movement on the Warner Bros. pic, but unfortunately it’s not exactly good news.  The ever-busy del Toro has now withdrawn himself from the project as director, opting instead to simply produce the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

beauty-and-the-beast-guillermo-del-toroPer Deadline, Guillermo del Toro will no longer be directing Beauty and the Beast at Warner Bros., but he will remain involved with the project as a producer alongside Denise DiNovi.  Scheduling conflicts are singled out as the reason for del Toro’s departure, and one imagines Warner Bros. was ready to get this thing off the ground after years of development.

The studio is already competing with Disney on a live-action The Jungle Book (WB has Andy Serkis directing its version, while Jon Favreau is directing the Disney iteration), and with the recent news that Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing a big live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast also at Disney, Warner Bros. likely felt it was time for del Toro to choose this as his next project or step aside.

It appears that Watson is still attached to star in the revisionist take, and Warner Bros. has started the process of finding a new director.  I’ll admit I’m disappointed I won’t be seeing a del Toro-helmed version of Beauty and the Beast (not to mention a collaboration with Watson), but Warners has been choosing interesting directors for these kinds of projects recently, so I’ll be interested to see who they choose.  Before Serkis landed Jungle Book, the studio was in talks with Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Del Toro just began post-production on his Gothic romance haunted house drama Crimson Peak, and he told us last year that he had a very good idea of what his next project would be.  Moreover, we recently heard that he’s writing Pacific Rim 2, so that one’s a possibility as well.

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  • Leo Spaceman

    Outside of Harry Potter, I think I have only seen Emma in This is the End which didn’t exactly inspire confidence in her acting ability.

    To anyone who has seen her in other things, sincerely, how good is Emma as an actress. Obviously she will always be a big name ticket seller with a pretty face, but is she very compelling?

    • Jamesy

      Like anyone previously attached to a franchise, once the franchise is done they tend to grow a lot more as an actor/actress and are able to hone their skills and talent. Look at Pattinson and Radcliffe, gotten so much better in the past few years and taking on some interesting projects. Females, especially those who are attractive always get a bad rap for trying new roles. If you’re an attractive actress, its very easy to be typecast as “The bimbo” or the “man eater” etc, same as if its an attractive male, you can very easily just get “jock type” roles, some actors get stuck in that, others have to wait a while and like McConaughey said they become someone’s good idea. Watson was great in The Perks of Being a Wallflower imo.

      • Leo Spaceman

        That last line was all I needed. I really wasn’t impressed with her appearance in This is the End and I was wondering how well she could actually branch out into deep or interesting roles.

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      • Leo Spaceman

        That last line was all I needed. I really wasn’t impressed with her appearance in This is the End and I was wondering how well she could actually branch out into deep or interesting roles.

      • Dan_nb

        Agreed about Perks. I think she also was great and comical in Bling Ring.

      • Dan_nb

        Agreed about Perks. I think she also was great and comical in Bling Ring.

    • Jamesy

      Like anyone previously attached to a franchise, once the franchise is done they tend to grow a lot more as an actor/actress and are able to hone their skills and talent. Look at Pattinson and Radcliffe, gotten so much better in the past few years and taking on some interesting projects. Females, especially those who are attractive always get a bad rap for trying new roles. If you’re an attractive actress, its very easy to be typecast as “The bimbo” or the “man eater” etc, same as if its an attractive male, you can very easily just get “jock type” roles, some actors get stuck in that, others have to wait a while and like McConaughey said they become someone’s good idea. Watson was great in The Perks of Being a Wallflower imo.

    • The Flobbit

      She was absolutely excellent in The Bling Ring, playing a vapid, air-headed, celebrity culture-obsessed teenager. Her American accent was pitch perfect.

      • Tetramorium jedi

        I second that! I also liked her small role in My week with Marilyn. She was spot on with her Alexis Neiers impersonation, especially because she nailed the accent perfectly.

  • LEM

    “Beauty and the Beast” with Del Toro involved might still be some crazy shit.

  • Jan

    Del Toro drops out/gets attached to so many projects, I’m not sure it’s even worth mentioning anymore these days….

  • Tom

    I just hope his Justice League Dark movie happens although even that is looking pretty doubtful, unfortunately.

  • Hunter

    Here we go again. Drops out of another project that had my interest. Really was excited about this because I feel like Del Toro would have been perfect to adapt Beauty and the Beast.

    • Dan_nb

      WB will use his script.

    • Dan_nb

      WB will use his script.

  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    Nooooo

  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    Nooooo

  • fechu1922

    pacific rim 2 please, i think i’m the only one who wants that. Vamos guillermo!!

  • fechu1922

    pacific rim 2 please, i think i’m the only one who wants that. Vamos guillermo!!

  • randommale7

    Well I’m depressed now…Hey Del Toro how about I direct it for you?

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  • Tetramorium jedi

    WB should hire Alfonso Cuaron for director, now that Del Toro won’t do it. Besides he already worked with Watson before, so she will most likely still be attached to this project. And he’s perfectly capable of doing a fairytale adaptation as good as Del Toro would.

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  • t

    Holy crap. Del Toro is unbelivable! Who wants to work with a guy that will simply bail on you after two years?! And as proven by Pacific Rim, he is hit and miss just like every other director.

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  • CJ

    He’s not fickle, it’s just that most of his projects don’t get made.

    He was literally a couple of days out from from shooting AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS when the studio pulled the plug.

    I’m still bummed he didn’t get to make KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW, which is an amazing script perfect for Guillermo.

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