'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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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


Where there is smoke... // What the hell Disney? Oh bother...

DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2015


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'

Terry Craig on Apr 8, 2015


I thought this was a Del Toro project that got scrapped, is it still happening?

MattPeloquin on Apr 9, 2015


Apparently it is still in development: I really hope it won't be stuck in development hell.

Terry Craig on Apr 9, 2015


I prefer the Pinocchio on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Jason Scarpelli on Apr 8, 2015


I only ever saw stills/photos but it was horrifying looking.

OfficialJab on Apr 9, 2015


It's supposed to be horrifying. A boy turned into a wooded puppet. It's not glorifying.

Jason Scarpelli on Apr 9, 2015


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.

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 8, 2015


I just want Aladdin to be announced and then they can slow down.

MattPeloquin on Apr 9, 2015


You read my thoughts

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 9, 2015


I read that Robert Downey Jr was developing his own Pinocchio story (with himself as Geppetto)....perhaps that's all up in smoke now?

TheOct8pus on Apr 9, 2015


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.

OfficialJab on Apr 9, 2015


They need to run off these live action movies to make a Kingdom Hearts movie! Tell me that wouldn't be sick!?

timnimbus on Apr 9, 2015


Not sure, but if anything Square would make it, not Disney.

OfficialJab on Apr 9, 2015


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.

timnimbus on Apr 9, 2015


OH FFS Stop it please.

R3last on Apr 9, 2015

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