Guillermo del Toro's Stop-Motion 'Pinocchio' Postponed But Not Dead
by Ethan Anderton
February 1, 2013
When a guy like Guillermo del Toro has more than a few projects in development, a few of the are inevitably going to fall through the cracks and get stuck. Such is the case with del Toro's new stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio, which the filmmaker had written with Gris Grimly and Matthew Robins, who has worked with the director for years. We've already seen some concept art for the film, and apparently voies were going to be recorded this summer with Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Waits amongst the talents rumored to take part. However, Grimly has a disappointing update for those looking forward to the project.
Here's what Grimly said on Twitter in an update that has since been deleted:
"Short to the point update on Pinocchio for those inquiring: It appears that this is not the right time for such a superior-adventurous flick."
The writer went on to sight interested parties' hesitation in pointing out that many studios seem to regard Frankenweenie as a box office failure, though it has plenty of critical acclaim and also an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film. However, since Grimly has deleted that first Twitter update, he's added a new one that happens to have some hope for those who still want to see the project come to life like a real boy:
Pinocchio still has a heart that beats! I spoke too soon and it turns out that Pinocchio is still pulling interest from studios.
— Gris Grimly (@GrisGrimly) February 1, 2013
So I guess the project isn't coming immediately, but certainly isn't dead. In the end, if the project does end up sitting around for too long, Grimly already had another gig lined up. Also on Twitter, Grimly said, "I've been working with a studio, adapting Little Jordan Ray's Muddy Spud into a movie. Off to bounce ideas back and forth with them." Though different takes on fairytales are all the rage right now, I happen to find this one quite interesting, if only because del Toro is working with The Jim Henson Company, and seems to be rounding up some interesting voice talent if it all comes together. Stay tuned. Thoughts?
This guy is taking on way too many projects, its really going to hurt the quality AND integrity of his more interesting and fitting projects for him. Its almost as if hes trying to become a great known director just by shooting out as many films as possible.
Cody W on Feb 1, 2013
Frankenweenie bombed because it was a black and white film marketed to children on the Disney channel where there's nothing but obnoxious color in CG. My kids love a good stop motion film, but when I asked them why they said they'd rather watch Hotel Transylvania they replied "because it's in color." I bet they'd love a darker stop-motion Pinocchio film though as long as it's along the lines of Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline (whom my daughter is named after).
Matt Peloquin on Feb 1, 2013
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