Ben Stiller in Talks to Take Over 'Pinocchio' with Robert Downey Jr.

May 3, 2013

Ben Stiller

Over a year ago, fans of Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Burton had their world rocked when news surfaced that they were going to work on a new adaptation of Pinocchio. Burton was directing and Downey was playing Gipetto with a script from "Pushing Daisies" and "Dead Like Me" creator Bryan Fuller, rewritten by X-Men: First Class and Stardust co-writer Jane Goldman. However, Burton has since fallen away from the project, and Downey is waiting for a new director. While doing some press junkets for Iron Man 3, he was asked who he would like to direct, and Downey picked his Tropic Thunder director and co-star Ben Stiller.

Now Deadline reports Stiller is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the film. 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, Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette son. However, with Stiller on board, there are some creative changes in the works. If the buzz from CinemaCon is any indicator, Stiller's most recent directing work on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is going to impress a lot of people. Honestly, I've always thought Stiller was best when directing his own work, and having him work with Downey again should be awesome.

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