Guillermo del Toro and the Jim Henson Company are teaming to develop the 3D stop-motion animated feature “Pinocchio”. This new adaptation of the Carlo Collodi fairy tale will be darker and scarier than the famous 1940 animated Disney classic.
del Toro tells Deadline that “What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Collodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”
He adds that “The key with this is not making any of it feel gratuitous, because the story is integrated with moments of comedy and beauty. He’s one of the great characters, whose purity and innocence allows him to survive in this bleak landscape of robbers and thugs, emerging from the darkness with his soul intact.”
del Toro and long-time collaborator Matthew Robins came up with the story and Robins wrote the script. Gris Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson and shooting kicks off later this year.
Click here to check out some quite awe-inspiring artwork from the feature.