(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
A set of new images released earlier this month give us the first look at Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming 3D stop-motion animation, Pinocchio.
The fantasy adventure will be based on the 1883 children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi, which was famously adapted by Disney in 1940, and which follows the beloved puppet Pinocchio who embarks on a series of extraordinary and thrilling adventures.
With a story by Del Toro and screenplay by Matthew Robbins, this will be Del Toro’s first animated feature.
“Guillermo has been so passionate about this project from its inception, and it is an honor to have him bring his unique blend of live action and animation experience to this well-loved story, collaborating with the talented Mark Gustafson,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company.
From the helmer of Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro commented in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that his film will be “much more intense” than the Disney version, and that it will be “more adolescent, more teenage”.
He added: “I hesitate to say just darker, because it’s not just darker. It is a tale adapted to a more complex reality, more complex ethical questions. It’s more a tale for youth than a tale for just kids.”
The new images certainly look exciting, and I can’t wait to hear more about this one.
Daniel Radcliffe has already been linked with a role in the film, whilst it was more recently announced that Del Toro would like Geppetto to be voiced by singer Tom Waits.
Also working on a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast which will star Emma Watson, Del Toro is currently working on his sci-fi monster epic Pacific Rim, and he plans to start filming Pinocchio in 2013.