Bryan Fuller Writing Live-Action 'Pinocchio' for Warner Bros

September 16, 2010
Source: The Wrap

Bryan Fuller / Pinocchio

After creating interesting TV series like "Pushing Daisies," "Dead Like Me" and "Wonderfalls," it looks like writer Bryan Fuller is making the leap to the big screen. The Wrap reports Fuller will script a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Warner Bros. First brought to the big screen by Walt Disney back in their 1940 animated musical, Pinocchio has seen several iterations including a comedic supporting role in the Shrek franchise a live-action adaptation in the 90's featuring a young Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the title wooden puppet and another live-action adaptation in 2002 both starring and directed by Roberto Benigni.

As for the character's origins, they go back to The Adventures of Pinocchio an 1883 story by Carlo Collodi. Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but somehow dreamed of becoming a real boy. In the 90's adaptation, puppetry was used for the wooden version of Pinocchio with Thomas taking over the real boy screentime. In this day and age, it's likely that a realistic puppet could be crafted with computer generated imagery, but someone still has to voice him.

Fuller has an interesting style in the same vein as Tim Burton, but with brighter colors and more quirky than gothic characters. That's interesting to note since this new version of Pinocchio was inspired by Burton's epic take on Alice in Wonderland, so maybe this will have a similar approach to the story. I'm not sold just yet, but perhaps Fuller, who tried to save "Heroes" before it was canceled on NBC, can make this classic tale fresh. Interested?

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  • This has a lot of potential, the Disney Pinocchio is pretty dark (especially the scene with the whale) so if done correctly this could be quite the beautiful and gothic film.
  • immature
    It'd be nice if they went back to the original story for the plot as well. Ah, well.
  • silver
    in for Bryan Fuller
  • Jezza
    Word of advise Bryan Kill off that stupid grasshopper and the project will be a whole lot better!




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