Del Toro Now On For Beauty And The Beast

He's set to direct as well as produce

He might finally have settled on a project and be happily toiling away bringing monsters to life on Pacific Rim, but that isn’t stopping Guillermo del Toro from adding to his future workload. He’s now attached to direct a version of Beauty And The Beast.

You might recall that the project spiked the news meters back in July last year when Emma Watson became attached to star as one of the title elements (we’ll let you figure out which one, though we can guarantee it won’t be the beast). Del Toro was on board to simply produce along side Denise De Novi and Alison Greenspan, but now he’s also considering directing.

While the project was originally envisioned as an adaptation of Robin McKinley’s book Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of The Beauty And The Beast, it’s moved on since then and now telly stalwart (and Three Musketeers scriptwriter) Andrew Davies is aboard to shove it further in a new direction.

As to what that is direction exactly is, there’s no word yet. But then, there’s plenty of time for the details to be hammered out before del Toro is ready to sit in the director’s chair. And that’s assuming Beauty (or Beast, which is what Variety is calling it) is even his next movie. He’s got so many on the go, including Trollhunters for DreamWorks Animation, both a Jekyll And Hyde and a Frankenstein take for Universal and a new Haunted Mansion film at Disney. And those are just the ones in active development…