Last year we heard that Crazy, Stupid, Love. producer Denise Di Novi was developing an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast alongside Guillermo del Toro, and Emma Watson was lined up to star. At the time del Toro was on-board as a producer, but now according to Variety he will also direct.
Bridget Jones’s Diary writer Andrew Davies has been hired to write the script based on a treatment by del Toro, and the director may make it his next project after he’s finished his giant monster movie Pacific Rim, which is due out next summer.
This now means there are two Beauty and the Beast adaptations in the works, as we heard yesterday that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) will star in movie directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill). That is a French production, so one can assume the del Toro/Emma Watson project will be the more high-profile movie with a larger budget and Warner Bros. on-board to finance/distribute.