Guillermo Del Toro-penned take on PINOCCHIO to start production this year; Nick Cave consulting on music

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 17th, 2011

And the big news continues to roll on in.

According to Deadline, news has finally started to come in on the Guillermo del Toro front, with regards to the director’s long talked about take on the story of Pinocchio.

The outlet has revealed that the film is in fact still very much alive, and will in fact start production later this year.  Penned by del Toro, the film will be animated by Gris Grimley, who will co-direct the film with Mark Gustafson, animation director on FANTASTIC MR. FOX. The film will be stop motion animated, and apparently, one Nick Cave is currently set to consult on the film’s music.

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Del Toro spoke to Deadline, saying that “the Blue Fairy is really a dead girl’s spirit. Pinocchio has strange moments of lucid dreaming bordering on hallucinations, with black rabbits. The sperm whale that swallows Pinocchio was actually a giant dogfish, which allows for more classical scale and design. The many mishaps Pinocchio goes through include several near-death close calls, a lot more harrowing moments. The key with this is not making any of it feel gratuitous, because the story is integrated with moments of comedy and beauty. He’s one of the great characters, whose purity and innocence allows him to survive in this bleak landscape of robbers and thugs, emerging from the darkness with his soul intact.”

What more could you really ask for? Personally, I think there is no better group of people to take on a project like this, and with the choice source material. Del Toro is obviously one of the biggest names in the film world, and with the rest of his creative team as top notch as this, it’s far and away one of the most interesting films currently set to make its way down the pipeline.

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