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Tim Burton In Talks For Pinocchio
And wants Robert Downey Jr as Geppetto

08 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Tim Burton In Talks For Pinocchio

Back last September, Warner Bros. announced that it would be looking to jump on the fairytale reboot bandwagon with both feet, conjuring up a new take on Pinocchio with Bryan Fuller writing the script. We figured that the success of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland was a driving factor and now Burton himself is showing real interest in directing it. So who does he want to play woodcarver Geppetto? Robert Downey Jr.

While Carlo Collodi’s tale of a lonely man who creates a puppet child that ends up coming alive has been adapted numerous times, Fuller’s version would see Geppetto front and centre, looking to reunite with the wayward wooden lad after the marionette’s meanderings. It’s not the only stab at the puppet and his pop in development: Guillermo del Toro is producing an animated version and Shawn Levy is attached to a Geppetto-heavy prequel.

Of course, the various disparate elements could still fall apart – while Burton is busy finishing Dark Shadows for Warners, he doesn’t have a deal with the company. And he’s already considering other projects, such as Miss Peregrine's For Peculiar Children at Fox. Plus, though Downey is a Warners favourite thanks to the Sherlock Holmes films, he’s also a man ever in demand, so if the studio hopes to get the thing moving as soon as possible, there’s a chance it could move on to other directing/starring combinations. But if Burton does sign and Downey Jr doesn't lock in  deal, start the countdown clock to everyone involved ringing Johnny Depp at once.


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L: jobloffski Fairytale. Check. Main character who is strange outsider compared to others and feels inner pain as a result. Check. Main character has unusual relationship with his father/creator I predict a well made, but bland film. Why? Because it's so thematically similar to so many films Burton has already made that while he is the natural director for the tale he has already told the same kind of story so many times he could direct the film in his sleep, and More

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Should be fun!
I quite like most things Burton churns out, including the underated recent Alice in Wonderland, so I'm quite looking forward to seeing how he will interpret Pinocchio as it's one of my favourite childhood stories. I hope he does have a change of cast though as Depp and Bonham Carter, as good as they are, are getting quite tiresome! More

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Fairytale. Check. Main character who is strange outsider compared to others and feels inner pain as a result. Check. Main character has unusual relationship with his father/creator I predict a well made, but bland film. Why? Because it's so thematically similar to so many films Burton has already made that while he is the natural director for the tale he has already told the same kind of story so many times he could direct the film in his sleep, and therefore rather th More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:29 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

Love Burton but I've seen some of the design work for the Del Toro produced version and it looks beautiful. I'm already bored of the fairytale adaptations and besides, there are a lot more that haven't been touched, but they don't have the built in marketing of previous films existing I suppose. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 10:26 on 09 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Tim Burton In Talks For Pinocchio
Oh dear! Did anyone else see "Life's too short" when Depp was on it?   Does this mean Depp will shadow Kermit the Frog so he can nail his Pinnochio? p; More

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Love Burton but I've seen some of the design w More

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Johnny Depp as Pinocchio...
..Helena Bonham Carter as Jimminy Cricket. Yawn. More

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