With Disney coming off a huge year for live-action remakes, the pressure is on for them to find more beloved properties that can match the billion dollar success of movies like The Lion King and Aladdin. The Little Mermaid is the other big Disney Renaissance movie in the process of being remade but beyond that things are a little more uncertain with Mulan being the only Disney live-action reimagining currently planned for 2020. There seems to be a push to go back to the early classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which Marc Webb is rumoured to be directing). Now this week Disney finally seems to be getting their Pinocchio remake back on track as well. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio. Paddington director Paul King was previously supposed to direct but dropped out earlier this year while Sam Mendes was also attached at one point as well. Tom Hanks was said to be circling the role of Geppetto but eventually passed; one has to wonder if he would reconsider with his pal Zemeckis on board.
Zemeckis is currently working on an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches for Warner Brothers but this would potentially be his next project. If he does sign on for Pinocchio, he will be going up against Guillermo Del Toro who has his own CG animated version of Pinocchio now in development at Netflix. The race is on to see which adaptation will see the light of day first. Roberto Benigni also directed and starred in a live-action version of Pinocchio back in 2002 and he is starring in Matteo Garrone’s new version which is set to be released this year. Are you looking forward to Disney’s live-action Pinocchio?