Pinocchio gets his own live-action update


Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is about to make Pinocchio into a real boy – by scripting a live-action version of the age-old children’s novel.

Milk producer Dan Jinks has revealed that he got the idea for the project after the success of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland re-imagining (it’s now taken an easy $1bn).

“I think we’ve found a fresh approach that’s going to be very entertaining,” he tells Variety . Will Pinocchio wear a thong this time? Oh wait, that’s already been done…

Pinocchio was most famously brought to the big screen by Disney back in 1940. It was their sophomore feature, and remains one of the defining versions of Carlo Collidi’s 1883 yarn.

We wonder if Mickey Rooney, who appeared in a 1957 TV musical version, will be invited back for this new live-action re-enactment.

Or, for that matter, if director Francis Ford Coppola – who attempted to get a Pinocchio adap going in the 1990s – will be interested in returning to the story. Now that could be very interesting indeed.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.