First, they produced Maleficent. Then, they released a live-action version of Cinderella. Not too far after that, they announced live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh. Now, they’ve added yet another animated classic to the slate of films that’s headed to live-action, and it’s another one of the animated classics from the 1940s.
According to Deadline, the next film to make the jump from 2D animation to the real world will be Pinocchio, based on the second animated Disney feature film, which itself was based on the 1883 Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Enrico Mazzanti. The film will be written by Peter Hedges, who’s previously write films like About a Boy and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He’s also a successful director, having directed films like Dan in Real Life and Pieces of April.
This will be the eighth film Disney has put into production since 2010 that has concerned itself with adapting one of the company’s well-known animated works. In addition to the aforementioned films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and a live-action version of The Jungle Book slated for release in 2016 and directed by Jon Favreau (Chef, Iron Man).
No release information has been made available, but the studio is certainly busy filling the next few years with these animated adaptations. If they follow a yearly release schedule — with The Jungle Book arriving in 2016 and Beauty and the Beast arriving in 2017 — this film could arrive as late as 2021, or as early as 2018. Still, we won’t know for sure until an official announcement is made. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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