After walking away from last year’s Oscars with awards for Best Director and Best Picture for Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro has his next project lined up. He’s finally going to be able to make his passion project after more than 30 years in the film industry. Del Toro is going to do a stop-motion and musical Pinocchio that’s sure to be fantastical, inspiring and disturbing all at the same time.
“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 released by Netflix. “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.”
Del Toro is known for his creepy fantasies like Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth, so his take on Pinocchio won’t be like your typical Disney fare. You might think we’re guessing, but Netflix said in a statement that he’s intending on basing Pinocchio off of Gris Grimly’s drawings, which are really creepy, and is using Mackinnon and Saunders, who worked on Corpse Bride, to design the puppets. He’s co-directing the film with Mark Gustafson, who worked on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Start preparing yourself now for a much different Pinocchio than the human-like little boy Disney created in 1940s. We don’t think Jiminy Cricket is going to be this Pinocchio’s guide either. Production is supposed to start on this film in the fall, according to Netflix.