Similarly to Snow White, who got the royal film treatment this year with the two adaptations Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, another fairy tale character is about to get a huge chunk of the film industry with three adaptions in the works.
To start with, the man of my heart Mr Robert Downey Jr. is teaming up with the similarly lovingly-weird director Tim Burton to tell the story of wood craftsman Geppetto trying to reunite with his beloved almost-offspring Pinocchio. While Rob will be entrusted with the central role of Geppetto and Tim will be occupying the director’s chair, the screenwriter duties will be fulfilled by Jane Goldman (Stardust, X-Men: First Class). Goldman will be incorporating some of RDJ’s notes into the script, so would that mean we will get to enjoy an ass-kicking Sherlock Holmes-esque Geppetto? Fingers crossed for that!
On the other end, Real Steel‘s director Shawn Levy is attached to a Pinocchio prequel, which will follow Geppetto as he endures war and misfortune in his quest for true love. The script in this case will be in the hands of Michael Vukadinovich and will supposedly be reminiscent of The Princess Bride‘s manner of storytelling.
Last but not least, Guillermo del Toro is in the works for creating a 3D stop-motion version of Carlo Colodi’s tale. As you can imagine, del Toro’s take will be edgy and surreal, with a darker interpretation of the Blue Fairy, while the director’s responsibilities will fall on Fantastic Mr Fox animation director Mark Gustafson and Gris Grimly.
So, as you can see, there’s no lying about it – Pinocchio is going to be the next big thing in fairy tale movieland! Let’s hope his endeavour will be less disastrous than Snow White’s!