Paul Thomas Anderson to Write Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Pinocchio’ Remake

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Paul Thomas Anderson is writing the screenplay for Warner Bros. and Team Downey’s “Pinocchio” live-action reimagining.

Although Anderson has only been hired to pen a draft for the script, there’s a possibility that he could direct the movie as well. The director has written few movies without also helming the projects.

“The Giver” scripter Michael Mitnick wrote the most recent draft, and Robert Downey Jr., along with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey, will produce alongside Dan Jinks.

Downey is onboard to play Geppetto in the tale about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy. He’s been developing the project for some time, but recently revived interest, given Disney’s surge of live-action retellings of animated classics and fairy tales.

Disney has already struck box office gold with “Alice in Wonderland,” whose sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is slated for 2016; “Maleficent”; and “Cinderella.”

Live-action versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson; Jon Favreau-directed “The Jungle Book” (whose all-star voice cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Bill Murray); “Mulan”; Tim Burton-helmed “Dumbo”; “Winnie the Pooh”; “Tinker Bell,” with Reese Witherspoon; and “Fantasia” are all in the works. Burton was initially set to direct “Pinocchio.”

Meanwhile, a live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” is in the works at Universal.

“Pinocchio” marks the first project Anderson has worked on since “Inherent Vice,” which earned him an Oscar nom for best adapted screenplay.

He is repped by CAA.

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  1. Patty Logan says:


  2. Kasparius says:

    “The director has written few movies without also helming the projects.”

    Could you guys research someone before you write an article? It’s not very difficult you know, just google them, it takes under a minute. Paul Thomas Anderson has never written a movie he hasn’t directed.

    Seriously, the lack of fact checking in journalism, especially in an era where fact checking has never been easier, is staggering.

  3. Daniel says:

    So with all the money Downey Jnr has, he waited until Disney tested and proved vialbility for live-action fairytale films.

    If Downey Jnr. just once, calls this a ´passion project´ or anything remotely like it, he´ll be a hypocrit.

  4. Bill B. says:

    I really like much of Anderson’s work, but this sounds sooooo boring.

    • Yup says:

      His movies have an air of gravitas, but ultimately have nothing of value to say. PTA is much like his character, Lancaster, from The Master.

      As for this article, I don’t see this project ever coming to fruition. If it does his fans will be jumping off cappuccino buildings in record numbers. Much like when Aronofsky did Noah.

    • Matthew says:

      I almost agree. The idea of Anderson doing a hired-by-the-studio type project is interesting and amusing, but the familiarity (and severely lacking previous adaptations) of Pinocchio make it seem a little boring. I’m open, though, to see what they deliver.

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