Even though I was one of the few who didn’t think that The Shape Of Water was worth all the acclaim it got, a new film from Guillermo Del Toro is still something to get excited about, and especially I think this one [well, as long as it gets off the ground]. Facing off against Disney’s live-action adaptation of Pinocchio currently in development will be another version that is a joint production between Del Toro, The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine. Patrick McHale will co-write the script with del Toro, and Mark Gustafson is attached to co-direct. Mackinnon & Saunders, who built the Corpse Bride puppets, will be doing the same for this film.
“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” he said. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”
Disney’s version will probably be just a remake of their classic 1940 animated version, but I reckon Del Toro’s take will be a lot fresher and more interesting….