Downey Jr. Wanted For Burton’s “Pinocchio”

Tim Burton is heavily pursuing a live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio” for Warner Bros. Pictures and has already earmarked Robert Downey Jr. as his top choice to play Geppetto according to Heat Vision.

Carlo Collodi’s Italian children’s book tells the story of a woodcarver (Downey Jr.) who creates the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. Disney’s 1940 animated version remains the most famous version.

Like Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, this is something of a sequel to the original with Geppetto setting out on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette.

Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) penned the script while Dan Jinks is producing. No word on how fast the project will come together considering both their schedules.