In his first directing deal since wrapping The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro has partnered with Netflix to create his stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio.
Guillermo’s interest in the classic tale was first reported back in 2008, when he got the idea while filming the stop motion puppet sequence in Hellboy 2.
Del Toro will be co-directing the film along with Mark Gustafson (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) and will be co-scripting with Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall). Long-time GDT collaborator Guy Davis will be serving as co-production designer.
Del Toro’s co-production designer Guy Davis will be taking inspiration from the the illustrations of Gris Grimly, as rendered in a 2002 edition of Carlo Collodi’s original story.
“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,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, 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. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, had this to say in a statement:
“Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to the aquatic beast in The Shape of Water. We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”
Production on Pinocchio will begin this fall.