Tim Burton Wants Robert Downey Jr as Geppetto in 'Pinocchio' Movie
Say what? This is an odd little news story to arrive this Friday evening. THR is reporting that Tim Burton is hotly pursuing Robert Downey Jr. for a live-action version of Pinocchio in development at Warner Bros. Now, apparently this is all just being hatched, as they say "neither Burton nor Downey has a deal with Warners, but sources say Burton is keen to direct the film and has begun talks with the studio, so it's just a question of whether" this Pinocchio movie will be next for him after Dark Shadows. Downey apparently "has expressed serious interest in the project", but also has a busy schedule. Typical Hollywood dealmaking.
While there is still Guillermo del Toro's 3D stop-motion Pinocchio movie in the works, and a prequel spec in the works at Shawn Levy's company 21 Laps. But this version is the one that screenwriter Bryan Fuller (of "Star Trek: Voyager", "Dead Like Me", "Pushing Daisies", "Heroes") sold to Warner Bros back in 2010, at the time which we even mentioned: "Fuller has an interesting style in the same vein as Tim Burton, but with brighter colors and more quirky than gothic characters." Obviously Burton took an interest and if he can swing RDJ, everything could turn out great. But who would he cast as young Pinocchio, a wooden boy?
The story of Pinocchio traces 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 this live-action version being developed by Warner Bros, Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette son. While it seems like none of this information is set in stone yet, it definitely sounds like a project that may be coming together (or may not), so we'll keep an ear out for updates as they arrive. Anyone think this will turn out great?