Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action “Pinocchio” film, taking over for “Paddington” helmer Paul King who had to leave the project at the beginning of the year.
Zemeckis, who has been working on a new film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” over the Summer, has been eyeing the project for a while. With “Witches” in post-production now, he’s now lining up “Pinocchio” as his likely next project – though he hasn’t closed his deal as yet.
The original animated movie, based on the famous Italian tale, follows a living puppet who – with the help of a cricket as his conscience – must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz will produce with Weitz and Simon Farnaby penning the script. David Heyman, who was on board to produce, is no longer involved.