Not to be confused with Disney’s ever-growing slate of live-action remakes which includes a Pinocchio project, Warner Bros.’ has had a Pinocchio movie of their own in development for years, with Robert Downey Jr. attached to play the role of puppet creator Gepetto. After repeatedly failing to secure a director, WB’s Pinocchio may have finally found its maker in Ron Howard, who is reportedly coming aboard to direct the long-gestating live-action take on the classic fairy tale.
Disney announced a slate of 19 upcoming films with release dates through 2020. In addition to Marvel’s Ant-Man 2, three untitled Marvel movies and the release date for The Incredibles 2, Disney also revealed dates for four new live-action fairy tales. According to Variety, the untitled fairy tales will be released on December 22, 2017, November 2, 2018, March 29, 2019 and November 8, 2019. But what could these untitled movies be?
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Disney is really going live-action crazy right now. Thanks to the success of Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is ramping up their plan to give live-action makeovers to their classic animated properties. At this point, it seems fairly inevitable that every one of those classics will be remade as live-action features, like their latest addition: Pinocchio.
The last time we heard from the latest adaptation of 'Pinocchio,' Robert Downey Jr. was attached to star as Geppetto, Tim Burton was attached to direct and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' writer Jane Goldman was rewriting Bryan Fuller's script. In the months since that development, it looks like another big decision has been made in the film's development. For one thing, Burton is out and Ben Stiller is in. Secondly, in addition to taking on the role of the Pinocchio's creator/father, Downey Jr. may also play the living puppet himself.
Tim Burton is still planning on making that 'Pinocchio' movie, but before you roll your eyes too hard, at least he's hired a talented writer for the project: Jane Goldman.
Most know Guillermo del Toro from his monster movies, be it the ‘Hellboy’ franchise or the imaginative ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’ But that overlooks his contributions to the animation field. Del Toro has executive produced such features as ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ ‘Megamind,’ ‘Puss in Boots’ and the upcoming ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ And now he’ll go one step further by co-directing a 3D stop-motion animated take on ‘Pinocchio.’