Jane Goldman writing Pinocchio for Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Burton

Jane Goldman has been hired to rework the script for Pinocchio , which has Tim Burton attached to direct and Robert Downey Jr. set to topline as Geppetto.

The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) has learned that Goldman will work on a new draft of the screenplay, following an initial effort by Pushing Daisies writer Bryan Fuller.

Downey Jr. and Burton have been tentatively attached to the project since the beginning of 2012, and THR states that Goldman will be working some of RDJ’s notes into the script.

This take on the classic story by Carlo Collodi sees Geppetto on a mission to reunited with his hand-carved offspring.

Goldman has proved herself to be an screenwriter of considerable talent time and time again, bringing a bang-up-to-date slant to classic genre staples in the likes of Stardust , X-Men: First Class and The Woman In Black .

She’s currently hard at work on First Class sequel Days Of Future Past .

With this trio of talent involved, Warner Bros could have an extremely lucrative commercial prospect on their hands.

This version of Pinocchio is not to be confused with the Big Fish -esque Pinocchio prequel that Shawn Levy is attached to.

Guillermo del Toro also has a 3D stop-motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic story in the works.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.