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Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio Writer Chris Weitz Says They’re Still Developing The Script (Exclusive)

Given that we’ve probably had updates of around five or so Disney live-action adaptations in the past two weeks alone, you’d be forgiven for forgetting a handful of them making their way to the big screen over the course of the next several years. Joining the likes of Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King is Pinocchio, the story about a walking, talking marionette who wishes he was a real boy.

This past February, it was reported that Paul King, the director of such films as Paddington and Paddington 2, would be helming the project, and set to write the script is none other than Chris Weitz, who recently penned Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Speaking with our own Gig Patta while promoting his upcoming directorial effort, Operation Finale, he gave us an update on the progress Pinocchio is making:

“It’s going to shoot in England and Italy starting next year. We’re still in the early stages of, you know, development and developing the script, so there’s no casting to talk about, but I’m very excited about it.”

This is pretty interesting since it seems to contradict earlier reports that the film was being rewritten by Jack Thorne, who recently wrote Wonder. If they were still in the process of developing the script, how could it be rewritten?

Regardless, Disney has had a solid working relationship with Weitz between his work as a writer on Rogue One, Cinderella, and now Pinocchio, so it seems the project is in good hands.

Are you looking forward to seeing what Weitz and King will bring to Pinocchio? Let us know down below!

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