Guillermo Del Toro To Co-Direct Pinocchio For Jim Henson Co.
There have been many adaptations of the children’s tale The Adventures of Pinocchio over the years. There was the Disney one, a couple of musicals, a live action version and this really terrible looking thing where Pinocchio was a robot and shit. But now we will have a new version of the classic tale, brought to us by Guillermo Del Toro.
Variety reported today that Del Toro has signed on to c0-direct the 3D stop motion movie for the Jim Henson Company with Mark Gustafson, the animation director for The Fantastic Mr. Fox. While Del Toro as co-director was just announced today, Del Toro has been attached to this project for the past four years.
In 2008 Del Toro said that he was working on a new Pinocchio movie for Henson with Gris Grimly, who had done the art for a book version of the story in 2002. Grisly and Adam Parrish King, a guy who has worked on nothing I have ever heard of, were attached to co-direct. In 2011 Henson announced that King was off the project and that Grisly would be co-directing with Gustafson.
The story is by Grisly, Del Toro and frequent Del Toro collaborator Matthew Robbins, who also wrote the screenplay. According to the article the film is about “Pinocchio embarking on a series of adventures and proving himself to be as indestructible as his love for his father.” So that can’t possibly go horribly wrong.
No casting details or scheduled release date has been announced, but Del Toro says that they should start shooting next summer.
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