When Guillermo del Toro wants to add his vision to a classic tale, you know he’ll come up with something special — which is why his announcement about a retelling of Pinocchio was so exciting. However, with news that he’s taking a year off after The Shape of Water opens in theaters, it doesn’t look like his Pinocchio will ever happen. Del Toro recently confirmed that, no, his puppet boy won’t be seeing the light of day, even though his plan for the movie sounds really cool.

While speaking to IGN about the new season of Netflix’s Trollhunters, del Toro confirmed that he wouldn’t be doing Pinocchio:

It’s not happening. But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress.

He also spoke about taking a year off, and what that’ll mean for his career.

I’m 53, I want to not know what I’m doing next, it’s like a privilege. That’s why I’m taking the year off, as a director to really think about what I’m doing next. All of those projects, some of them happen and some of them don’t. The natural state of a movie is not to happen. That’s the reality.

At least, for now, we have The Shape of Water, which del Toro has said is his favorite thing he’s ever made. It opens in theaters December 8.

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