Guillermo del Toro to direct a stop-motion version of Pinocchio for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro

Netflix has recruited acclaimed Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro for its own animated version of Pinocchio.

The feature will apparently be a stop-motion and will be set in 1930s Italy, when facism and Mussolini were on the rise.

“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,” said del Toro in a statement. :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.”

It’s been reported that del Toro has been trying to make his own version of Pinocchio come together since the early 2000s.

The script will be co-written by Patrick McHale alongside del Toro, while Mark Gustafson, who worked on Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox, will co-direct. It’s also been confirmed that Mackinnon & Saunders (who worked on Corpse Bride) will be building the puppets.

Production is set to begin this year.

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