Paul Thomas Anderson is Writing Robert Downey Jr's 'Pinocchio' Film
Say what? Yep, it's actually true! THR is reporting that critically acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is the latest to get involved in the developing the live-action Pinocchio project at Warner Bros. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to star (as Geppetto) and produce for a few years, but now it seems Warner Bros and Downey are looking at PTA to write the script - and potentially direct as well. I don't know if I can really imagine it - Paul Thomas Anderson's Pinocchio. Wow? I guess it will certainly be one-of-a-kind. Thanks to the success of films like Disney's recent live-action Cinderella, they're pushing forward on this with more momentum. And this is one of the next steps after Downey has been working on it quietly.
Our most recent update before this pegged Ben Stiller as possible director, but that was in 2013 a few years ago. Now they have Paul Thomas Anderson in the mix reworking a script that was most recently written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver). The Pinocchio fable 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. THR only says PTA will "write a draft with an eye toward directing." It sounds like they're curious to see what he'll come up with. I am, too.