Tim Burton Wants Robert Downey Jr as Geppetto in 'Pinocchio' Movie

January 6, 2012
Source: THR

Robert Downey Jr / Pinocchio

Say what? This is an odd little news story to arrive this Friday evening. THR is reporting that Tim Burton is hotly pursuing Robert Downey Jr. for a live-action version of Pinocchio in development at Warner Bros. Now, apparently this is all just being hatched, as they say "neither Burton nor Downey has a deal with Warners, but sources say Burton is keen to direct the film and has begun talks with the studio, so it's just a question of whether" this Pinocchio movie will be next for him after Dark Shadows. Downey apparently "has expressed serious interest in the project", but also has a busy schedule. Typical Hollywood dealmaking.

While there is still Guillermo del Toro's 3D stop-motion Pinocchio movie in the works, and a prequel spec in the works at Shawn Levy's company 21 Laps. But this version is the one that screenwriter Bryan Fuller (of "Star Trek: Voyager", "Dead Like Me", "Pushing Daisies", "Heroes") sold to Warner Bros back in 2010, at the time which we even mentioned: "Fuller has an interesting style in the same vein as Tim Burton, but with brighter colors and more quirky than gothic characters." Obviously Burton took an interest and if he can swing RDJ, everything could turn out great. But who would he cast as young Pinocchio, a wooden boy?

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 being developed by Warner Bros, Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette son. While it seems like none of this information is set in stone yet, it definitely sounds like a project that may be coming together (or may not), so we'll keep an ear out for updates as they arrive. Anyone think this will turn out great?

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I'm kind of tired of this many times do we need yet another adaptation?

Xerxexx on Jan 6, 2012


So true, Xerxexx. These nostalgia flicks are sometimes great, but they are playing at nostalgia. How about something truly original? Playing it safe is one thing, but this trend has run its bloody course.

DAVIDPD on Jan 7, 2012


I agree. Plus Tim Burton has been very meh lately.

Xerxexx on Jan 7, 2012


They'll never top the Jonathon Taylor ZThomas version from the 90's. That was most certainly a modern classic

El Hoopso on Jan 6, 2012


Is Tim Burton empty of original ideas? It's seems so.

Jmpinzones on Jan 7, 2012



Mrs. Featherbottom on Jan 7, 2012


It does seem as tho burton has been lacking in original ideas lately. Sweeney todd, alice in wonderland, and dark shadows.

space monkey on Jan 7, 2012


Yep. The wheels are starting to fall off

Big Boss on Jan 7, 2012


Burton hasn't had an original idea since the 90s, I'm not counting Corpse Bride since it was so boring I didnt even finish it.

Azrael_313 on Jan 7, 2012



KyleRobinson on Jan 8, 2012


Was Johnny Depp unavailable? Wow.

Max Renn on Jan 8, 2012


Here here, stop the presses!

Dustin Asher on Jan 8, 2012


I miss 90's Burton he was full of fresh and original. Today Burton is lame and boring. 

TTumMM on Jan 8, 2012


Honestly? Two Snow Whites in one year and two Pinocchios in two years? Isn't there anybody negotiating about Cinderellas or Sleeping Beauties?? Don't care, not interested...  (but anything Downey Jr.'s in, I'm in too.)

mawria on Jun 2, 2012

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