“Paddington” Director Reboots “Pinocchio”

“Paddington” director Paul King has been selected to direct the live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1940 animated classic “Pinocchio” with the aim to get the movie into production by the Fall.

Adapted from the Italian story by Carlo Collodi about a wooden boy puppet crafted by an old carver named Geppetto. The puppet is brought to life by a fairy who says he will become a real boy if he shows bravery, and the character Jiminy Cricket becomes his de facto conscience and tries to steer him in the right direction.

King replaces Sam Mendes who was initially slated to direct but left last year. Jack Thorne (“Wonder”) is rewriting a script from Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz. The latter is producing alongside Andrew Miano.

The project isn’t to be confused with several other “Pinocchio” films long in development including an Italian fascism-themed take by Guillermo del Toro, and “Gepetto” starring Robert Downey Jr. with both of those projects currently stalled.

King recently signed on to direct “Willy Wonka” at Warner Bros. Pictures, a reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

Source: Heat Vision