Guillermo del Toro to direct stop-motion Pinocchio
It was announced today that director Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with Netflix to make his animated feature film debut on the streaming service. He will be directing, writing, and producing what he has revealed to be his lifelong passion, Pinocchio.
After a year-long sabbatical, Pinocchio is slated to be the director’s first film project since his Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water. Production is set to begin this fall.
When discussing the film project, del Toro revealed how important the film property is to him and what he intends to focus on with Pinocchio and his journey:
“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. 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.”
via Press Release
This is not the first time del Toro has worked with Netflix. The director and the streaming service teamed up to bring the award-winning animated series The Trollhunters to life. He has also teamed up with Netflix to create Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
Guillermo del Toro will be collaborating with The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine, which will house the stop-motion animation production. Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce alongside del Toro.
Blanca Lista will co-produce. Also alongside del Toro, Patrick McHale will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders, who both created the puppets for Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride.