Back To The Future and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis is reportedly in early talks with Disney to direct their live-action remake of the classic 1940 animated film Pinocchio according to a new report from Variety.

Zemeckis would be replacing former director Paul King (Paddington), who exited for unknown reasons.

The seasoned director recently tackled a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches starring Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway, as Warner Bros. has given that film a release date of October 16th, 2020.

Disney turning their animation library into new feature films has been giving them a bunch of box office hits with Alice In Wonderland, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King all crossing the billion-dollar mark.

A Cruella prequel movie starring Emma Stone is currently shooting in England.

They’re also about to begin production on The Little Mermaid and Snow White movies along with a second Jungle Book movie is in the works from Jon Favreau.

When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished, Pinocchio, could become a real boy. In the night, the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish and asks Jiminy Cricket to serve as the wooden boy’s conscience. But the naive and trusting Pinocchio falls into the clutches of the wicked Honest John, who leads him astray to the sinful Pleasure Island.

SOURCE: VARIETY

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