We have two new ones Pinocchio projects under way. One of them is a live-action film directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto and coming to Disney+ in September. The other is a stop-motion animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson – and a teaser trailer for del Toro Pinocchio has just been released online! You can check it out in the embed above. Along the teaser trailer comes the confirmation that del Toro’s Pinocchio will receive a limited theatrical release in November before you reach the Netflix streaming service December.
Del Toro wrote the screenplay for his take on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel Adventures of Pinocchio with Patrick McHale… and while it’s meant to be family-friendly, it’s also a darker, more grounded take on the material. It takes place not in a fairy tale world, but in “Italy between World War I and World War II, during the rise of fascism and authoritarian rule in the country.” Geppetto carves Pinocchio out of wood taken from a tree that grew over his young son Carlos’ grave, hoping that the doll will be like the son he lost. But he isn’t. There are no magical creatures other than Pinocchio and the tree spirit that gives him life. And there is no donkey transformation. Instead, Pinocchio is “targeted by government officials who hear about the boy made of wood and think he might have other applications.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of the wooden puppet magically brought to life to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This whimsical stop-motion film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson follows the mischievous and disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his quest for a place in the world.
Del Toro told Vanity Fair (most of the information we have about his Pinocchio comes from their interview with him) that his film is
unlike the book because the book seeks to tame the child’s spirit in a strange way. It’s a book full of amazing inventions, but it’s also in favor of obeying your parents and being ‘a good boy’ and all that. This [movie] is about finding yourself and finding your way in the world – not just obeying the commands given to you, but figuring out when they’re okay or not.”
The voice cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio includes Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson and Burn Gorman.
Watch the trailer for Pinocchio above, let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below. And while you’re scrolling down, take a look at the movie’s poster: