After rescuing a number of passion projects in recent years including Duncan Jones’ Mute and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, this week Netflix is stepping up to support another acclaimed filmmaker’s creative vision. Guillermo del Toro has been trying for years to set up a stop motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio set in fascist Italy in the 1930s. It was part of a planned partnership with The Jim Henson Company but they just couldn’t find the financing, eventually throwing in the towel last year when a deal with Amazon fell through. Now Netflix is bringing it back to life and Del Toro had this to say about the announcement:
“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio… In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will co-direct the movie and Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall) will co-write the script. The project makes sense for Netflix because they are looking to build up their children’s programming as their Disney streaming deal expires at the end of the year. It also continues a collaboration with Del Toro after working with him on the Dreamworks animated series Trollhunters and the upcoming horror anthology series 10 After Midnight. Production is expected to start this fall. Are you looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio?