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Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of Warner Bros.' 'Beauty and the Beast'

June 13, 2014 (4:47 am) GMT
The 'Crimson Peak' helmer cites scheduling conflicts as the reason behind his withdrawal as a director for the Emma Watson-starring project.
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro is no longer attached to the live-action adaptation of "" for Warner Bros. The director leaves the directing seat, but is still involved in the production as a scriptwriter and producer with Denise DiNovi.

According to Deadline, del Toro departs the project due to scheduling conflicts. He is currently directing haunted house pic "", and working on a script for an untitled Pacific Rim sequel along with "" scribe Zak Penn.

has long been tapped to play the lead role in "Beauty and the Beast". It seems that WB is pushing the long-delayed project after Disney announced a similar film based on the popular fairytale. Bill Condon will helm it for the Mouse House.

The two companies are also racing to bring the classic Mowgli story "" to the big screen. is confirmed to sit behind the lens for WB, while is tapped to direct the Disney adaptation.

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