Sixty-one years after Walt Disney gave us the animated classic, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has decided now is the time to update the wooden boy for a whole new audience.
The director, who has given us such visual extravaganzas like Pan’s Labyrinth will be teaming up with The Jim Henson Company and Pathe to begin a 3D stop-motion animated adaptation of the Carlo Colodi fairy tale. Gris Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will begin later this year.
Grimly illustrated a 2002 book of Colodi’s tale that formed the basis for a project that is years in the making.
The intended audience for this Pinocchio is ages 10 and up. Whereas Labyrinth was a grown-up fairy tale, this version will be a little bit scarier than the Disney film.
Australian rock musician and film composer Nick Cave, who also wrote the Aussie western The Proposition, has signed on to be music consultant and the puppets and 3D elements will be developed with McKinnon and Saunders, the UK-based facility that worked on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and the upcoming Frankenweenie.
Del Toro supplied Deadline Hollywood with the following photos which give an idea of how the film will look.
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