'Pinocchio' Will Be a Real Boy in Yet Another Live-Action Disney Movie

April 8, 2015
Source: Deadline


Another day, another report of Disney turning one of their animated classics into a live-action feature film. This time Deadline is reporting that Pinocchio is up for a live-action revamp with Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) basing the story loosely on the original story about a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy. And of course, there's that whole thing about his nose growing when he tells a lie. We're not sure about how this new version of the story will change things up from the classic, but the core of the story has always been about the relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio as a father and son. Read on!

Hedges has plenty of experience with family relationship drama since he's written What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, not to mention directing Dan in Real Life and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, both of which he also wrote. This joins the Pinocchio project in development that Guillermo del Toro has been working on for years, but will likely be very different in style and tone, especially since the other one is a stop-motion animated film that will be co-directed by del Toro himself along with Matthew Robbins. But that film is still trying to lock down financing to actually get made.

Pinocchio joins a slew of other forthcoming live-action adaptation including Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book (in production now), Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the elephant tale Dumbo to be directed by Tim Burton, and the recently announced adaptation of Mulan. Oh, and let's not forget about the live-action Winnie the Pooh film that recently surfaced as well. They all join Maleficent and Cinderella as Disney's latest trend that they're sure to beat into the ground until we have two versions of all their classic films from decades past. Thoughts?

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  • Terry Craig
    I'm only looking forward to the stop-motion Pinocchio based on the illustrations of Gris Grimly... At one point Tom Waits was cast as the voice of Geppetto! I really want it to get made. It could totally be the new 'Nightmare Before Christmas'
  • Jason Scarpelli
    I prefer the Pinocchio on ABC's Once Upon a Time.
    • OfficialJab
      I only ever saw stills/photos but it was horrifying looking.
      • Jason Scarpelli
        It's supposed to be horrifying. A boy turned into a wooded puppet. It's not glorifying.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    I have nothing against these live-action versions, but Disney should slow down with these announcements now so we (and they) could have some time to breathe.
    • MattPeloquin
      I just want Aladdin to be announced and then they can slow down.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        You read my thoughts
  • TheOct8pus
    I read that Robert Downey Jr was developing his own Pinocchio story (with himself as Geppetto)....perhaps that's all up in smoke now?
  • OfficialJab
    Beat into the ground? Pinocchio came out a literal lifetime ago. The only time it's come up since then is probably just Kingdom Hearts.
    • timnimbus
      They need to run off these live action movies to make a Kingdom Hearts movie! Tell me that wouldn't be sick!?
      • OfficialJab
        Not sure, but if anything Square would make it, not Disney.
        • timnimbus
          They would have to get the ok from Disney and to use all those characters would be pretty expensive too. Like an Avengers type deal would have to be made. I just wish Disney was going somewhere with all theses live action movies besides to just making a buck.
  • R3last
    OH FFS Stop it please.




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