Guillermo del Toro has made a deal with Netflix to co-direct his passion project, a stop-motion Pinocchio.
The director has been pining to make a darker version of the tale of the wooden boy come to life for around a decade now. He has written the script alongside Patrick McHale (Adventure Time) and will co-direct the feature with Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Mark Gustafson.
Guy Davis will serve as co-designer on the project, which will draw from Gris Grimly’s original artwork from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
This fall, production will begin on del Toro’s musical, set in a turbulent 1930s Italy. The mix of innocence in an environment of repression is similar to the construct of his Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, a beautiful fable set in 1944 Francoist Spain.
Del Toro said of the project, “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”
More on Pinocchio when we have it.