Guillermo del Toro Departs BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Starring Emma Watson


No, it’s not Edgar Wright, and no it’s not Ant-Man, Guillermo del Toro has now dropped out of directing Warner Bros’ live-action revisionist take on Beauty and the Beast, the version he had written and had attached Harry Potter actress Emma Watson to star since 2012.

Del Toro who was hard at work writing Pacific Rim 2 will be remaining involved in the project as a producer alongside Denise DiNovi. Warner Bros are looking for a new director for the film which has been described as a period piece.

Let’s just hope they will not replace him with a director that makes absolutely no sense for the project. Emma Watson has previously said that she was mainly interested in the film due to Del Toro being involved:

“Guillermo is still so psyched about it. He’s been thinking about it so much.”

Guillermo Del Toro had other commitments, he’s still working on his haunted house film Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.

In the meantime, there’s still Bill Condon’s Disney version expected to be a musical, as well as a French version La Belle et la Bete with Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.