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Emma Attached to del Toro’s “Beauty”

Variety is reporting that Emma Watson is in final negotiations to star in Beauty, Guillermo del Toro’s vision of the classic tale of ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ for Warner Bros. Rumours of Emma’s involvement began last July when producer Denise Di Novi, who is working on the project with del Toro, said Emma was lined up to star. In August, del Toro confirmed that he would like to direct Emma in Beauty, saying “I think she is the perfect character to do that movie.” del Toro now plans to direct as well as produce the film. Emma has said a few times over the years she would like to work with del Toro.

Beauty is said to be loosely based on the novel Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley. Warner Bros. has hired Andrew Davies (“Brideshead Revisited”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) to write the screenplay.

Update: According to Robin McKinley, she knows nothing about all this, other than Warner’s did option her novel in the past. She thinks it unlikely the movie will be made, and if it is, that it will have nothing in common with her novel beyond the Beauty/Beast premise. Perhaps it will be a loose adaption of just the title. Thanks to Jay for bringing this up.

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22 Responses to “Emma Attached to del Toro’s “Beauty””

  1. Window says:

    Toro is filming “Pacific Rim” now for 2013 so when they start to work on B&B?

  2. Alexandra says:

    Oh I am looking forward to this, especially if Emma stars in it. I was always a fan of Beauty and the Beast so this project interested me even before I heard Emma was supposed to star in it. I used to pretend to be Belle from the Disney rendition of the story so this is great! I can hopefully now pretend to be Emma’s version of the beauty! Haha, even though I’m a little old for it, but hey one can dream can’t they!?

  3. Harald says:

    Hey, I hope they realize how beautiful Emma is and don’t offer her the part of the beast!

  4. shane says:

    I’d love to see Emma in that film! 🙂

  5. Nancy says:


    Go Emma!

  6. emily96 says:

    that’s exciting 🙂

  7. Virgo says:

    I hope that Emma gets the role for “Beauty and the Beast.” I can’t wait to hear more from this in the future.

  8. emmawatsonfan14 says:

    Oh, Emma will be perfect as Beauty!! the film should be superb!!

  9. Celia says:

    Oh yay! I’m happy del Toro is directinG!

  10. Natalia says:

    Super exciting to know Emma will participate!

  11. susangbhatt says:

    u r perfect choice 4 Beauty and the Beast.

  12. shane says:

    It would be great if she does it.. She deserves it. 🙂

  13. Ivy Miranda says:

    I love that book! It was beautifully written and I think Emma would do very well as Beauty..

  14. Let Em' Go says:

    OMG SO EXCITED! (i hope this movie isn’t rated R though…please please let it not be)

    Perks will be rated R, you guys (:

  15. Jay says:

    According to Robin McKinley, the film will not be based on her novel:

    It’s a shame, but I’m sure whatever they do write will do well.

  16. nibbles says:

    Of course she’d be perfect,she is beauty all the way.

  17. Bruce says:

    Interesting read from Ms McKinley…don’t think I’d want to be stuck in a elevator with her, though…

  18. Tiffany says:

    But they just made a modern beauty and the beast?

  19. Harald says:

    Who cares what kind of title or adaption it is a s long as Emma gets the role of the beauty!Come on, you film people:Get the camears rolling!

  20. shane says:

    Please vote for Emma in the Kids Choice Awards for Favourite Movie Actress! And so are Daniel Radcliffe for Favourite Movie Actor, Harry Potter series for Favourite Book series and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for favourite Movie. Thanks..

  21. KS987 says:

    Hopefully Emma gets the role and this film is greenlit. I have no idea if it was meant to be a an adaptation of McKinley’s version or just the story overall, but I hope it gets made and we get confirmation soon. 🙂

  22. Nicole says:

    I hope they do go ahead and make the film, with Emma in it. I love Beauty and the Beast 🙂