After more than a decade, the project is all set to see the light of day.
The much-awaited and anticipated adaptation of Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro is finally coming. The Academy Award-winning director had revealed in 2008 that he wanted to make a stop-motion film based on the 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. More than a decade later, the project is all set to see the light of day.
Breaking Guillermo del Toro news: The Academy Award-winning filmmaker will write, produce, and direct a stop motion musical version of Pinocchio for Netflix. Del Toro explained, “I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.” Jiminy Cricket! pic.twitter.com/25cVRITSrT— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) October 22, 2018
This will mark del Toro's animated feature film directorial debut. It was revealed in 2018 that he will be directing the animated musical film for Netflix. "No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio," he had stated at the time.
An official trailer and a release date have been announced for the film. Here's everything you need to know about the film:
While the story will be inspired by the original, it will surely come with a very del Toro twist. In his version, the story is set in 1930s Italy during the time when fascism is on the rise and Benito Mussolini is consolidating control of the country.
Explaining the plot we can expect from his film, del Toro said, "Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world." He further explained, "I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy."
Gregory Mann will voice Pinocchio with David Bradley as Geppetto, reported Variety. Finn Wolfhard will be Lampwick/Lucignolo, Cate Blanchett will voice Sprezzatura the Monkey, John Turturro will be Master Cherry, Ron Perlman as Mangiafuoco, Tim Blake Nelson as the Coachman, Burn Gorman will be Carabiniere, Christoph Waltz as the Fox and Tilda Swinton as the Fairy with Turquoise Hair are all a part of this project. Ewan McGregor as the Cricket introduces us to the "wooden boy" in the trailer.
Guillermo del Toro‘s stop-motion take on #Pinocchio debuts on Netflix December 2022. The teaser trailer introduces Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket – watch it here: https://t.co/uvk7I37EN6 pic.twitter.com/yHxlfnkPtG— IndieWire (@IndieWire) January 25, 2022
The original team of The Jim Henson Company is producing the film along with ShadowMachine in co-production with Necropia Entertainment. Daniel Radcliffe is the executive producer of the movie with a screenplay by del Toro, Patrick McHale, and Matthew Robbins.
As per the trailer, the movie is set to premiere on Netflix in December 2022.