It was announced some time ago that busy director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, Hellboy) would be working on a stop-motion adaptation of the Pinocchio story once his monsters VS humans film, Pacific Rim, was complete. News over the weekend has further strengthened the proof that this Pinicchio film will be made as Del Toro spoke at Cannes and dropped some names he was hoping would jump onboard his project.
Apparently The Woman in Black and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has expressed interest in adding his voice talents to the stop-motion animated film, and Del Toro is more than happy for Radcliffe to join him. Christopher Walken has also been mentioned by Del Toro, who instantly thought of the iconic actor when thinking of the role of The Fox. The director also said that Tom Waits was on his wishlist.
Radcliffe is rumoured to be voicing Pinocchio himself, and I must admit that Walken is a superb choice as The Fox. Nothing is known as to who Del Toro is hoping Tom Waits would play, but again, a smart choice. We will have to wait and see whether these names actually get attached to the film as this is all speculation right now, but they are certainly strong choices.
Del Toro’s darker version of the Pinocchio story will be co-directed by Mark Gustafson, and will be based on Gris Grimly’s dark interpretation of the story which is based in Italy between World War 1 & 2. Filming is expected to begin next year, with the film planned for release in 2014.
By Matt Wavish