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Hi Bryan Here….
Tim Burton is in talks to direct a live-action version of ‘Pinocchio’ movie which is currently being scripted by ‘Pushing Daisies’ creator, Bryan Fuller. Warner Bros. is courting Robert Downey Jr. to star as Geppetto as well. This is no surprise as Burton’s last film, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was his biggest box office success. Now it seems on the big screen as well as on television, there is an abundance of fantasy/fairy tale films in the works. Heck there is a few Snow White films coming out and a few Pinocchio films coming out, and not too mention the many more fantasy/fairy tale films that have been slated for this year already.
Burton was briefly attached to ‘Maleficent’, a revisionist take on ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to star Angelina Jolie as the villainous protagonist, but he eventually left the project and was replaced by director Robert Stromberg (VFX supervisor on many films). And director Guillermo Del Toro has a Pinocchio story in the works as well. I will tell you this, Guillermo’s film will be way better than Burtons. And Warner Bros. and Burton have been trying to get Robert Downey Jr. to star in Pinocchio as the father, Geppetto.
I wish Tim Burton would go back to Beetlejuice/Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure type stuff and stay away from remakes. Your thoughts?