Warners Demand A New Pinocchio
Fresh on the heels of the box office (if not critical) success of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Warner Brothers have announced their plans to put a live action version of Pinocchio into active development with Bryan Fuller at the helm.
We’re all most famiilar with the 1940 Disney classic but the tale’s much older than that, originating in Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio back in 1888. A live action version’s been attempted before – Roberto Begnini had a go in 2002 but the less said about that the better.
Francis Ford Copolla also tried to get a version off the ground in the 1990’s, eventually suing Warners Brothers when it failed to go anywhere and he was prevented from taking it to Sony.
There are no details on the specifics yet but as Fuller is the man behind Pushing Daisies we’re expecting the words “quaint and whimsical” to pop up as adjectives. Citing Burton’s Alice as direct inspiration (worryingly), he tells Variety, “I think we’ve found a fresh approach that’s going to be very entertaining.” – what that fresh approach is remains a mystery but 3D is almost certainly on the cards.