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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ Will Have To Wait To Become A Real Boy

We last reported on Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio back in May. At the time he was set to co-direct it with Mark Gustafson (animation director for Fantastic Mr. Fox) for the Jim Henson Company.

Del Toro has been working on this project since 2008 with writer/artist Gris Grimly, and it’s Grimly who broke the bad news on Twitter last night. Per Bleeding Cool he said, “Short to the point update on Pinocchio for those inquiring: It appears that this is not the right time for such a superior-adventurous flick… There are people like us out there. But they look at numbers. Frankenweenie was a box office failure to them.” The tweets have since been deleted and it’s hard to know exactly what this means – if some kind of plug has been pulled or if momentum has just slowed.

In the meantime, I wouldn’t call this project dead, just resting. It’s entirely possible it could get on its feet again. It’s likely that the financial underperformance of Frankenweenie (which is a bummer since I loved that movie) is a contributing factor here, but if Pacific Rim is a hit maybe Del Toro gets enough juice to push this through.



  • divisionbell

    Eh it’s ok. The only thing Del Toro should be working on is At the Mountains of Madness anyway.

  • djblack1313

    divisionbell, i KNEW i loved you!! i agree 100000%!!! please bring us AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!!

  • Yes. And then Hellboy 3.

    • Ress EZ

      ON THE SPOT, Corby Daniel!

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