Guillermo del Toro set to co-direct PINOCCHIO
Having been on his slate for roughly four years now, it should come as no shock that director Guillermo del Toro feels close to his long-talked about take on PINOCCHIO. And now, that love for the project has driven him to take a much bigger role - in the director’s chair.
He recently revealed to Variety that he will be co-directing the film with FANTASTIC MR. FOX animation director Mark Gustafson, replacing Gris Grimly as co-director.
The director has discussed the film to great length in the long lead up to it finally getting in front of cameras, revealing that while he will take cues from the iconic Disney adaptation of the story, his version will instead be based it on Grimly’s 2002 book, which takes a much more brooding look at the character.
Personally, I think this sounds fantastic. I’m obviously, along with everyone and their mother, a huge fan of del Toro as a filmmaker, and this is a project that he was really born to direct. He’s been working on this for years now, so hopefully this pure passion project will be just the film we’ve all been anxiously waiting for.
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