Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio!


Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio!

Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio!

Disney’s live action Pinocchio remake has let its conscience be its guide and chosen Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) to direct! According to Variety, Zemeckis’ longtime collaborator Tom Hanks was at one point in talks to play Geppetto, but now the search is on for a new star to fill that role.

The outlet does not say how Zemeckis intends to bring the titular puppet, but it seems likely he would employ the performance capture techniques he used on earlier films like The Polar Express and Beowulf. The last film he did in that style, 2009’s A Christmas Carol, was also for Disney. He had planned to make a version of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine in performance capture but Disney cancelled that film.

Paul King, director of both Paddington and Paddington 2, was originally attached to helm the feature but apparently vacated the film at some point last year. Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are set to produce, with King, Weitz and Simon Farnaby having penned the script.

Pinocchio will center on the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a “real boy,” and the relationship between a father and son, the ramifications of lying and creating stories and living in a fantasy world.

The original Pinocchio, based on the 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, first debuted in theaters in 1940 and won two Academy Awards. In the 1940 Disney-animated film Pinocchio, the lead role was voiced by Dickie Jones, Jiminy Cricket by Cliff Edwards, and Master Geppetto by Christian Rubb.

Zemeckis is currently in post-production on his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches for Warner Bros. starring Anne Hathaway.

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