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