It has been announced that Guillermo del Toro will write and co-direct a 3D stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson, the animation director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox. (You can check out a pic and parts of del Toro’s interview here.
Citing the likes of Hans Christen Anderson and The Brothers Grimm, del Toro told reporters in Cannes that he means to make a—try not to be too shocked here—darker version of the tale, and says he aims to be faithful to Carlo Collodi’s 1883 classic children’s book. Del Toro says his Pinocchio will go through several harrowing, life-threatening adventures, which isn’t surprising when considering his version is going to take place in Italy during the period between World War I and World War II. Coming from the dude who brought us Pan’s Labyrinth, we expect nothing less.
No one is currently attached to star in the film, but del Toro noted that Daniel Radcliffe has approached him and expressed interest in playing the wooden boy in the project. Del Toro also said that his ideal cast includes Tom Waits (presumably in the Geppetto role), Christopher Walken, and Donald Sutherland (both rumored to be in consideration for the role of the scheming and thieving fox). While no decisions have been made yet, at least the names being tossed around right now are promising.
For those who may balk at del Toro’s use of 3D, he has said he is incorporating the technique because he wants to make the film seem “like it bleeds out into the audience at the edges.” That sounds alternately cool and terrifying, but we’re definitely curious cats about this one. The early images he's released look like what would happen if Tim Burton teamed up with Disney, and they went over to the Darkside!
Due to del Toro’s crazy-busy schedule, production on the film won’t begin until sometime next year, and in all likelihood, it won’t be released until 2014 due to the lengthy process of gathering stop-motion animation footage.
What do you think about the idea of Daniel Radcliffe as Pinocchio?