Guillermo del Toro is back in the realm of dark fairy tales, where he thrives. Hell, yeah! The Mexican madman has just charmed his way into directing the new Beauty and the Beast flick for Warner Bros., which means this project now leaps up 40 factors of cool.
Today,Variety reported that del Toro will also produce and write a period treatment based on the classic 18th-century French love story, starring Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson as Belle, with script duties handled by Andrew Davies (The Three Musketeers, Bridget Jones' Diary).
Del Toro is bolstering his ultra-geek roster of high-profile films while finishing up his mega monster mashup Pacific Rim in Toronto. He's been involved in a number of hot properties in the past year, including Disney's Haunted Mansion, The Hobbit and H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountain of Madness, exiting some and lingering on as mere producer with others.
His solid attachment to Beauty and the Beast returns him to the sinister realms of grim fantasy so vividly captured in Pan's Labyrinth. After he's done playing with robots and Japanese leviathans, he'll likely conjure spirits for the lavish 3D Haunted Mansion remake or a retelling of Frankenstein for Universal before diving into Beauty and the Beast. An all-star teamup with Watson and del Toro's phantasmagoric imagination seems a perfect marriage to the lush, romantic material.
So are you pleased with Warner's pick of the poetic prince as Beauty's new director, or should he stick with demons and vampires?