Yes, it looks like we are going to be treated to two new versions of the classic Beauty and the Beast story, and judging by the directors, these two films will be very different to Disney’s family friendly version!
Guillermo del Toro will be directing ‘Beast’ after Warner Brothers hunted him down for the job. Bridget Jones’ Diary scribe Andrew Davies will be on writing duties, and Harry Potter’s Emma Watson (above) is in final negotiations to star as The Beauty (naturally!). We did report on this a while a go when del Toro was initially onboard just to produce, but thankfully it looks like he will be directing. Del Toro will still be producing as well, and he also plans to write the film from which Davies will work. Also on board to produce will be DiNovi Pictures’ Denis Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.
Del Toro is currently filming the big giant robots vs aliens epic Pacific Rim for Warners.
The second Beauty and the Beast adaptation will come from French director Christophe Gans, the man responsible for Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf and Crying Freeman. With such great but dark films under his belt, you might have guessed that his version is going for a much more darker approach. Gans’ version will have have equally impressive ‘Beauty’ as former model Lea Seydoux (above) will take on the role. Seydoux was recently seen in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as the assassin Sabine. In even more great news for this version, classic French actor Vincent Cassel is also due to star!
More on both these films as they develop.
By Matt Wavish