I absolutely agree, HM. This one I'm looking forward to.
Emma Watson was the perfect Herminine. She's a very good little actress. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she can do.
The Beauty and the Beast story is going to be told and re-told as long as there are humans beings walking this planet. It's about real love. The innards of one person reaching out to the innards of another. It's about love growing and changing over time when the lovers realize the outside isn't as important as the the inside. It's about being right for each other under the skin.
Del Toro's version promises to be wonderful. I don't like monsters much but I do love his imagination. And his sensibilities.
Remember what the elf said in 'The Golden Army'. Something like, "Greed has burned a hole in their hearts that can never be filled. They will keep on building parking lots and shopping malls."
When we don't have enough love in our lives we go shopping. We don't need the latest whatever and the biggest thing-a-jig if we are loved. They are just sad consolations.
We're talking apples and oranges here. The network execs are looking to cash in on the vampire craze by creating (no not creating, stealing) another monster/human tale. They didn't understand our B&B to begin with so they feel no compunction about making another. Make ten. It's all the same. Just as long as they have enough slosh to fill up their evening schedule they have no real interest in the content.
Del Toro is a true and original story teller. They TV networks are all loaded down with hacks and it's gets worse all the time.
Not to worry. The new B&B won't last a season and Del Toro might very well make a classic. As Martha Stewart say, "It's a good thing."