Monday, January 09, 2012

Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. Team For "Pinocchio" Reboot?

We may be nearing a truce in the epic battle between Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. over which of them can make the least-interesting mid-period career choices; as the two titans of the "Guys We Like Despite MOST Of What They Make" cinema are poised to team for a live-action "reimagining" of "Pinocchio."

The proposed project is currently called "Gepetto," and would be partially a prequel detailing the origin-story (sigh...) of the puppeteer and partially a side-story explaining what kind of adventures Gepetto was having in between starting his search for Pinocchio and winding up in the belly of a whale/sea-monster/whatever.

Downey would play Gepetto. No word yet on which roles will innevitably go to Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter - the easy guesses being Pinocchio (or Jimminy Cricket!) and the Blue Fairy, respectively - though I believe it's based on a "Black List" screenplay called "The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto" which, if so, gave him a love-interest named Julia Moon.

Eve if you take away the "Burton-ized fairytale" thing, this feels tired - another Tim Burton fantasy about estranged father/son relationships? Granted, this'll be the first time he's approached it from the older-party's point of view, but still...

4 comments:

FigmentJedi said...

Disney already did this as an ABC TV movie musical with Drew Carey as Geppetto.

Also there's that stop motion Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro is making with the Jim Henson Company. Interesting that we've got multiple Snow White movies coming out this year and now we got multiple Pinocchios coming.

Joe said...

Well, this is the year of grimdark (or at least "gritty") takes on fairy tales, I suppose. Grimm vs. Once Upon a Time on the small screen, now all these movies. Dark fairy tales and adolescents fighting to survive in dystopias. It's a welcome change from all the goddamned vampire and werewolf romances; hopefully we get some decent films from it.

Aiddon said...

Well he let Alice be screwed up, why not screw up Pinocchio? Can't be as bad as the Roberto Benigni movie -shudder-

Maniacal Fox said...

Fairy tales are already pretty dark, Disney just softened them. Pinnocchio (the book) is pretty damn dark, with Pinocchio being an asshole who actually killed Jiminy.