Oscar winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will finally be tackling his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio, and he’s heading to Netflix to do so.
The streaming giant has announced that del Toro will be crafting a stop motion musical take of the classic story to be set in 1930s Italy. Del Toro will also be writing and producing the film, with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) on board as co-director and Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall, Adventure Time) as co-writer.
What’s more, del Toro will be making the film with The Jim Henson Company and Bojack Horseman animation house ShadowMachine. The film’s puppets will be built by puppet and animation house Mackinnon and Saunders, who worked on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The film’s producers including Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment.
This marks another big move in the partnership between Netflix and del Toro, following their Tales of Arcadia trilogy – Trollhunters is the first installment – and horror anthology series Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
“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,” del Toro said 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. 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.”
Added Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix: “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 creature 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.”
Del Toro released a bit of concept art on social media as the news broke:
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) October 22, 2018