Sometimes with films, the fit of a director and a story are too perfect, and things for one reason or another just don’t work out. Such as the case with Guillermo del Toro and Pinocchio. According to IGN, the visionary director will not be adapting the famous story of Pinocchio. In a recent interview with IGN, Del Toro gives details.
“It’s not happening, but the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress. I’m 53, I want to not know what I’m doing next, it’s like a privilege. That’s why I’m taking the year off, as a director to really think about what I’m doing next. All of those projects, some of them happen and some of them don’t. The natural state of a movie is not to happen. That’s the reality.”
I have to say this is a bummer, if anyone knows a thing or two about dark fairy tales, its Guillermo del Toro. One of my favorite films of all time, Pan’s Labyrinth, was basically a wonderfully twisted fairy tale. If anyone could deliver the right level of creepy imagery, fun, and cohesive storytelling, it’s del Toro.
From what I understand the source material for Pinocchio is much darker than the Disney film, and I think Del Toro would be near perfect for it. That is not to say the Disney version was light by any means, in my opinion was pretty dark, as a child parts of the film actually scared me, as did the drunken scene in Dumbo. What was the deal with the Disney animators back then?
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