Paddington’s Paul King had been attached to direct a live-action/CGI hybrid version of the classic Italian fairytale Pinocchio for Walt Disney Studios. The project hasn’t had too many updates over the last couple of months but there is now great one coming from Colldier.
They are reporting that everyone’s favorite nice-guy actor Tom Hanks is in talks to play the role of Gepetto, the father to Pinocchio that wished upon a shooting star to make his puppet into a real boy.
Tom Hanks is being eyed to play Gepetto in Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie and the two-time Oscar winner is in early talks to take on the role, Collider has exclusively learned.
Hanks is a good bet since he’s had a longstanding relationship with Disney from Saving Mr. Banks to his voicing the Toy Story character Woody. The only issue could the scheduling and potentially money. Collider mentions they’re hoping to get filming started by the summer and the project’s budget is at $150 million, so they can afford him.
Netflix and The Henson Company are making a stop-motion version of Pinocchio with Guillermo del Toro set to produce and co-direct.
I previously reported at OmegaUnderground that they’ve hired Avengers cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Atonement, Bad Times At The El Royale, Godzilla) to shoot the film with Paul King.
As with other recent Disney films, it’s expected their new incarnation will be an almost exact copy of the original animated film from 1940. However, with Paul King’s invovlement there is a change they might to make it their own.