Guillermo del Toro Won’t Direct Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast

Guillermo del Toro on the set of Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Image

Guillermo del Toro is one busy man, what with TV and movies and books and whatever else he does in his very dark basement when no one’s looking. (Oh come on, we all know he has a dark basement where no one is allowed in. It’s a given, right?)

With all that busywork on his schedule, it’s no surprise he’s dropped out of the Emma Watson version of “Beauty and the Beast,” though Deadline says he’ll remain on as a writer/producer on the adaptation.

Del Toro is currently at work on the horror flick “Crimson Peak” and is busy promoting his upcoming FX show “The Strain,” about vampires in New York City. He’s also been talking up a possible “Pacific Rim 2” and a few hundred other projects about ghosts or monsters, or ghosts fighting monsters, and such.

The Emma Watson-fronted “Beauty and the Beast” would be a live-action take on the familiar tale, joining the ranks of Christophe Gans’ live-action version.

Watson, of course, would play the Beast. Cause obviously she’s hideous.

Emma Watson in The Bling Ring (2013) Movie Image