It looks like Tim Burton is preparing to bring Pinocchio to life on the big screen, and according to THR he wants Robert Downey Jr. to be the films star. If this all comes together Downey Jr. will take on the role of Geppetto, the man who builds the wooden boy that wants so badly to become a real boy.
This is the same project that is set up at Warner Bros. where screenwriter Bryan Fuller is writing the script, he's the same guy who's worked on TV series such as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies.
The story originated in Italian author Carlo Collodi's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The first half was originally a serial between 1881 and 1883, and then later completed as a book for children in February 1883. The story has been adapted several times for film over the years, but Disney's 1940 insanely creepy animated film is definitely the best known version. This new version will be live-action and will follow Geppetto as he embarks on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette.
Nither Burton or Downey Jr. are officially attached to the film yet, but inside sources are saying that Burton is wants to direct the movie, and is currently in talks with the studio. Burton is also currently looking at taking on an adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at Fox. Warner Bros. is looking to move fast on this Pinocchio movie so if Burton wants to do it then this will most likely be his next movie. The director is currently shooting Dark Shadows.
The sources also say that Downey Jr. is excited about the project as well, but as you know he has a crazy busy schedule these days. I guess if they can make it work out he would end up doing it. The studio hopes that the two talents will commit soon so they can get moving on it.
I would love to see these two film talents team up for a movie, and there's no doubt Burton's vision of Pinocchio will be a dark and twisted one. What do you all think?