I’m not quite the convert to the Church of The Bull* that some people are around here, as I’ve always felt that while Guillermo Del Toro’s works are highly imaginative, all his works (with the possible exception of Pan’s Labyrinth) just lacked a bit of narrative spark.
But, man oh man, did they look great.
And while we have no idea whether his next project, an adaptation of Carlo Collodi and Gris Grimley’s strikingly creepy-looking version of Pinocchio, will fix his past mistakes, it certainly looks like he’ll be knocking the visuals out of the park once again.
To reflect Del Toro’s ever-increasing levels of involvement in the project over the 3 years that he’s been working on it, from co-writer to executive producer and eventually director, the film’s title has now officially been expanded to be Gulliermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s Matthew Robbins co-wrote and The Fantastic Mr Fox’s Mark Gustaffson will co-direct the 3D stop-motion production alongside Del Toro, while veteran muso Nick Cave (he of The Bad Seeds fame) has also been confirmed to be handling the scoring duties on the film.
Here’s the synopsis of Collodi and Grimley’s book taken from Amazon:
Once there was a lonely woodcutter named Geppetto-who dreamed of having a boy of his own. So one day he carved a boy out of wood and named him Pinocchio.
When the puppet comes to life, it’s Geppetto’s dream come true.
Except Pinocchio turns out to be not such a nice boy after all. Pinocchio enjoys nothing better than creating mischief and playing mean tricks. As he discovers, being bad is much more fun than being good.
For a while, anyway.
Happily for Pinocchio, he will learn that there is much more to being a real boy than having fun.
A magical tale that has entertained children of all ages for more than a hundred years, this lavishly and gorgeously illustrated new edition is the perfect introduction of a timeless classic to a new generation of readers.
And that’s no lie!
(Source: Dread Central)
Last Updated: June 8, 2012