Director Paul King Will No Longer Helm Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’
For those excited about Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake. There is a bit of bad news. As the film has been delayed.
In a recent interview with Discussing Film, the films cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, has revealed that director Paul King (Paddington 2) walked away from the project due to “family reasons.” Disney is currently searching for a new director.
McGarvey also revealed the film is delayed, and will likely shoot sometime in June-July, and with a new director would possibly mean McGarvey would also be off the project, but that could change.
Just last month it was revealed that Tom Hanks (Toy Story franchise) was in talks to star in the project as the fatherly figure Geppetto.
Chris Weitz (Rogue One, Cinderella) wrote the script, and will be produced by his production company, Depth of Field, with Weitz and Andrew Miano producing.
Released in 1940, Pinocchio was the second animated movie made by Disney, after 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It adapted the Italian story by Carlo Collodi about a wooden boy puppet crafted by an old carver named Geppetto. The boy is brought to life by a fairy who says he will become a real boy if he shows bravery. The character of Jiminy Cricket becomes his de facto conscience and tried to steer him in the right direction. What follows is a series of adventures that include Pinocchio being kidnapped to be part of a puppet show, getting turned into a donkey, and being swallowed by a whale.
Pinocchio currently has no release date as of yet.
Source: Discussing Film