Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

Pinocchio Live Action Disney
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Disney is developing a live-action version of “Pinocchio” with Peter Hedges on board to write the story loosely based on the studio’s 1940 animated movie.

Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.

“Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.

The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.

The 1940 movie was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” about an animated puppet and a poor woodcarver. “Pinocchio” was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, following 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” but was not a box office success.

Guillermo del Toro has been working on a stop-motion animated “Pinocchio” project since 2008 with the Henson Company. He said in 2012 that he would co-direct with Mark Gustafson, animation director on “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Del Toro said at that point that he had considered Tom Waits for the role of Pinocchio’s father and Donald Sutherland for the role of Honest John the Fox.

Hedges is repped by CAA and attorneys Marc Glick at Glick and Weintraub and Stephen Breimer at Bloom, Hergott.

News about the latest “Pinocchio” was first reported by Deadline.

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  1. Patty Logan says:

    CHRIS COLFER ONLY

  2. Patty Logan says:

    CHRIS colfer for Pinocchio

  3. i just think that walt disney company should stop making live action version off animation version movie,s classic they do,nt have to take my opinion about it , i was hurting them to much already on line internet just when i was on the teen infonet and now on the internet , i love to for get just about my stupid problem on line internet as well, all together , and to tell them as well they are pepole on the you tube video channel ,what,s them to stop making them live action version of there walt disney classic very one on the you tube video channel ,they just think that they do,nt deserves there merger at all just with marvel and star wars , love david conway

  4. Switch says:

    Chris Colfer would be perfect for Pinocchio and Christopher Robin in Winnie The Pooh!

    • Patty says:

      Not sure on the Christopher Robin thing, with Pinocchio he was a puppet so no age was specified, but Christopher Robin was a very young boy, Chris passing as a teenager is one thing, but and 7 or 8 year old boy is another, as it was Chris was 18 when he got the role of “Kurt”

  5. Bob says:

    Robert Downey Jr. as Gepetto, James Spader as Pinocchio.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I’d love Chris Colfer for Pinocchio and/or for Christopher Robin in Winnie The Pooh! He’d be perfect casting for either!

  7. daii says:

    Chris colfer for pinocchio

  8. sylv says:

    Yes, CHRIS COLFER is so perfect. Please make Chris Colfer star either as Pinocchio here or the adult Christopher Robin in Winnie The Pooh live action (another article)!!! Pretty PLEASE Disney :) :)

  9. IT 2 IT says:

    DISNEY’s 1940 ‘PINOCCHIO’ has now emerged as –arghuably–
    the MOST important, MOST relevant, MOST prophetic film
    of the –ENTIRE– 20th century.

    ‘SO–SHELL engineering’,
    —————— debasement, EUGENICS,
    —————————-‘GLOW BAAL–ism’,
    ——————————————–USURY and ENSLAVEMENT,
    it’s all in PINNOCHIO.

    CHECK IT OUT.

    YOUR SOUL NOW DEPENDS ON IT.

  10. Lauren says:

    Chris Colfer would be perfect for this!!

  11. Courtney says:

    Chris Colfer has expressed interest in being part of this project. I hope he is, if only because I think he’d be fantastic. Yet somehow, I doubt they’ll go with him & wind up with someone either unknown or so uber famous they will overshadow the rest of the project, whether or not they’ve got any acting talent.

  12. Amy says:

    Chris Colfer as the lead

  13. daii colferette says:

    Chris colfer forma pinocchio

  14. Chelsea says:

    Yay, my childhood Disney animated movies are getting live action movies,I really hope Disney film producers can develop a live action The Lion King or Nightmare Before Christmas.

    • miles says:

      Why does Lion King need a live-action? The film is going to be in CGI 100% of the time. Stop being lazy and just watch the animated one.

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