Guillermo Del Toro possesses a lifelong dream to make his own Pinnochio. Thanks to Netflix, that dream is going to come true. Del Toro will direct a stop-motion musical version of the classic tale.
“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,” says Guillermo del Toro as Netfix announces it will finance the Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s dream of bringing his own Pinnochio to life.
He will direct, write and produce the stop-motion musical which will mark his first feature film since the brilliant The Shape of Water. In between he has worked on a number of Netflix projects including creating 10 After Midnight and collaborating with the video-on-demand provider on its Emmy award-winning television series, Dreamworks’ Trollhunters.
Del Toro will set his retelling of the classic Pinnochio story in Italy during the 1930s. “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.”
Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix, said: “Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic creature in The Shape of Water.
“We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”
Bojack Horseman’s ShadowMachine will house the stop-motion animation production with the puppets built by the Corpse Bride’s Mackinnon and Saunders.