Last month we heard that Emma Watson was attached to an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast which is set to be produced by Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and Guillermo del Toro.
In a recent interview del Toro said Watson is ‘perfect for the part’, and revealed he actually hopes to direct it himself.
“It’s one of those landmarks, one of those holy grails, and I really hope to do it,” del Toro said. “We’re just starting the process.”
Del Toro didn’t have a timeline yet for when his first draft on “Beauty and the Beast” would be done, but he said it should be within the next few years. After all, he’d need it to be done by then for leading lady Watson to still be a prime choice for the role of the titular beauty.
“It’s a movie that you have to make in the next few years for Emma to be perfect for the part,” he said. “I think she is the perfect character to do that movie.”
Guillermo del Toro is currently preparing to shoot his epic monster movie Pacific Rim, so if he plans to direct Beauty and the Beast it would be unlikely to move forward until 2013.
Emma Watson has already started carving out a career for herself post-Harry Potter with a supporting role in My Week with Marilyn alongside Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams, and she recently finished shooting romance/drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Logan Lerman and Paul Rudd.