Fox Picks Up Pinocchio Prequel Spec Script with Shawn Levy Attached
Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy. A prequel? Yes indeed. Deadline reports that Fox has acquired a spec script written by Mike Vukadinovich titled The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto. The project is also being developed by Shawn Levy (of Real Steel, Night at the Museum 1 & 2) at his own company 21 Laps, where he's attached to direct as well. The story is about Geppetto, apparently in some kind of Big Fish or Princess Bride way, that tells of a woodcarver who "endures a life of misfortune, war and adventure, all to be with Julia Moon, his true love." Quite an intriguing take on Pinocchio, but that just sounds like the setup.
The original Disney animated Pinocchio movie was released in 1940 and is based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. While Real Steel is playing at the box office, Levy continues to remain prominent, as he's next set to direct a sci-fi Mary Shelley take on Frankenstein for Fox, and still has projects like The Hardy Men in the works, with this "Pinocchio prequel" now on the horizon. The deal has fully closed for the project to develop at 20th Century Fox once again via Levy's 21 Laps. I'm curious to see what this is all about, but it sounds like it needs to develop first and get a finished screenplay. In the meantime, if you haven't seen Levy's Real Steel, it's currently playing in theaters.