Warner Bros. Pictures and Robert Downey, Jr.’s production company are developing a live-action reimagining of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio, and have just secured a screenwriter to bring it to life on the page.
According to Variety, none other than Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master, Boogie Nights) has been enlisted to craft the screenplay. While he’s only been hired specifically for his skills as a writer, the report speculate that it’s quite possible he could also sit in the director’s chair for the upcoming project, which is expected to include Downey as Gepetto, the impoverished woodcarver who first fashions the titular character, and who basically becomes his father. Downey and his wife Susan will also be producing the project, along with partner Dan Jinks.
Apparently Downey has been developing the project for quite a while, but has gained a renewed interest after Disney began developing several of their animated properties into successful live-action films. Cinderella became a financial success earlier this year, and the studio will be following that film up with adaptations of several other animated works. Interestingly enough, Disney is also planning their own live-action version of Pinocchio, this one based explicitly off of their own animated film from 1940. It will be curious to see exactly how these two projects tackle the same source material, since they will likely feature substantial differences due to the creative forces involved with each respective film.
This film will mark Anderson’s first work since earning an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay on Inherent Vice, which he also directed. Anderson rarely writes projects he doesn’t direct, but we’ll have to see if he takes on the task of turning Pinocchio into a real boy. For more on this project as it develops further, keep checking GeekNation.
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