Guillermo del Toro has revealed that his planned Pinocchio movie is no longer happening.
The director’s stop-motion adaptation of the classic tale had been in the works since 2008, wanting to base his film on Gris Grimly’s art of Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
The idea was to make a much darker version of the story, as compared 1940s Disney film. But in an interview with IGN, the director has revealed the film is no longer on the cards:
“It’s not happening. But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress.”
This news follows del Toro’s announcement that he would be taking a year off from directing after the release of his much lauded Oscar contender The Shape of Water.