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Del Toro Producing Pinocchio Movie
Henson Co. also on stop-motion pic

17 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety/Bloody Disgusting

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We’re not sure how he finds the time to even add projects to his slate, let alone make them, but Guillermo del Toro has gone and done it anyway, putting Pinocchio on his ever-growing to-do list.

Because of prior commitments, including The Hobbit, Frankenstein, Drood and Lizard In A Blizzard, Del Toro will only be executive producing and co-writing this version. Well, we say only…

This version of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale will be a world away from Disney’s colourful take – instead, it’ll be a darker story, told in stop-motion animation, with The Jim Henson Co. already on board. Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Jason Lust will produce.

The movie will be co-written and directed by Gris Grimly, who has experience with Pinocchio – he illustrated a version of the tale in 2002.

"The idea came from Gris, and everybody loves his book about it,” Del Toro told “The original story is far more perverse and spooky and [there’s a] semi-necrophilia vibe to it in certain aspects. Gris certainly has that vein in him, he wants to do this with that original spookiness in it, we are trying to get it going.”

Don’t hold your breath, though. “It’s not coming to a screen near you any time soon, even if it were to begin today it would be about three years in the making,” added Del Toro, “but we are working to make it happen. A full-scale puppet universe takes time!"

And he should know – after all, Hellboy II’s prologue featured puppets and it’s just one of the many areas that has long fascinated Del Toro. So believe us when we say we’re going to keep an eye on this one…

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I've always found the Disney version of this tale to be quite dark(Certainly one of the darkest Disney outings!) so this news comes as a joy to me. A no holds barred version would be awesome. Keep the good news a-coming Empire..... More

Posted by Wozza80 at 17:50 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Classic
Its bound to be brilliant! More

Posted by DouglasG at 18:29 on 18 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Classic
Dark Crystal-esque + Del Toro's vision of the Donkey transformation = a wacky, wacky movie. He might as well jump on the bandwagone, anyone hear more about the gothic version of alice in wonderland? More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:34 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

Along the lines of Tha Dark Crystal. Although it'd have to some way to beat the porno version where men and women bend over in front of him as Pinnochio lies. More

Posted by Taz69 at 12:04 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

Love the idea, it does sound twisted Guiseppe creating Pinnochio as a sex doll and maybe Pinnochio wanting to become human to exact his revenge on his pervert creator lol More

Posted by neofunk2001 at 08:18 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

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Wow, this sounds excellent. I could see this being a really dark and twisted version, and love the idea of it being stop-motion. Could really add to the whole vibe. Although not strictly stop-motion, I've got an image of Radiohead's 'There There' video in my head, which I loved and had a beautiful but twisted feel to it. Del Toro really is just about the best at his craft these days so I have high hopes More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 07:03 on 17 November 2008 | Report This Post

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