Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Breaking News: Guillermo del Toro Is Close To Casting His Beast

This is one busy, busy guy! Director Guillermo del Toro is well known for juggling multiple projects at once but it would appear from today's announcement that his Beauty & the Beast project with Emma Watson has been moved into one of his three "top attention" slots. (Yay!)

From MTV:
The upcoming project of del Toro's that is sure to grab a lot of attention is his retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," which currently has Emma Watson attached to it. The director said that she is, in fact, still involved and that they're close to casting a monstrous co-star for her. " 'Beauty and the Beast,' we're waiting to close on the Beast. We are weeks away from getting who plays the Beast," del Toro said. "We're talking to the makeup effects guys who are going to render the Beast. We're going to do a solid, fantastic makeup job. We're going to fuse digital and makeup in a way that I think is quite cutting edge."
Interview with del Toro at the link so you can hear him talk about it in his own words. You can hear earlier interviews with him on the film at
Andrew Davies -------------------------------------- Guillermo del Toro
With regard to del Toro's approach to the story we know screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jone's Diary) will be taking a treatment del Toro is writing himself (which we are VERY happy about!*), working off that to construct a script. Initially de Toro announced he intended to keep the period setting of the original story but with all the various version in production there is no word on is that has changed or not. We DO know, however, that Emma Watson has seen del Toro's "look book" for the film and is very much looking forward to starting filming. From late last year & Film School Rejects:
The actress (Emma Watson) said she’s met with director Guillermo del Toro and seen his conceptual look book for the project. “We met a week or two ago, and we started working on the script, and it’s going to go next summer. (Edit FTNH: We now know this has been pushed till early 2014, not Summer 2013.) It’s so funny; obviously I’ve been doing a lot of other work, and I was nervous. I was like, ‘Is this going to go away?’ And Guillermo is so psyched about it, and he’s, like, been thinking about it so much. “He brought the book. I was like, ‘Ah, this is killing me.’ I’m very excited.” As she should be. 
So are we, Emma, so are we!

Additional source:

* Guillermo del Toro has a truly excellent sense of story, myth and a deep love of fairy tales. If he's overseeing the story so closely, we're sure to be in good hands with this version.

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