Disney’s Live-Action “Pinocchio” Film to be Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy
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Hot off the heels of the live-action Bambi announcement, Deadline reports that Pinocchio will be the next live-action Disney film. While there have been no casting announcements, Robert Zemeckis is signed on to direct and co-write the film with Chris Weitz.

Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy

This is not Disney’s first attempt at a Pinocchio live-action remake. A couple years ago, it was announced that Paddington 2 director Paul King would helm a Pinocchio remake. King exited the production in January 2019 and nothing has been heard of the film since then.

A draft of the script penned by Chris Weitz and Simon Farnaby currently exists and will be re-written by Weitz and Zemeckis. Chris Weitz previously wrote the script for Disney’s live-action Cinderella remake.

The original 1940 Pinocchio was Walt Disney Animation Studios’ second full-length animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It follows puppet Pinocchio, who comes to life after his creator, Geppetto, wishes on a star. Pinocchio goes on an adventure with his conscience, Jiminy Cricket, to must prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish so he can become a real boy.

The original Pinocchio cost $2.289 million to produce, twice as much as Snow White, but only recouped $1 million by the end of 1940, surprising Walt Disney Animation Studios. After multiple re-releases, the film has now garnered $85 million in the box office.

We do not yet know when the live-action Pinocchio will be released, but Disney has dates lined up for live-action releases through December 2023, so we can expect to see the film taking one of these slots.

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Mars needs Pinocchio

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Don’t mess up Jiminy

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Like that you have hope! SpectroMagic!!!

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I hope Drew Carey gets to reprise his role as Geppetto!

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