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November 17, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 17, 2008 |

Pinocchio is coming to the big screen again. This time, in the form of stop-animation in a movie version of the book that will be directed by children’s book illustrator Gris Grimley, who has illustrated a Pinocchio book in the past, as well as selected works from Edgar Allan Poe. He’s kind of screwy, I gather.

The reason why this item rises to the level of newsworthy is because 1) Guillermo Del Toro is exec producing and co-writing the script, and 2) it’s gonna be a twisted version of Pinocchio. And by “twisted,” I mean, it’s gonna mine the original story’s “semi-necrophilia vibe,” according to Del Toro, himself. And 3) the film will be done in partnership with the Jim Henson company.

The Pinocchio in this version will be considerable more mischievous — maybe he’ll murder! — and given the “semi-necrophilia vibe,” I’d hate to guess what he plans on doing with his ever-growing nose. But you know, when I think creepy, twisted stop-motion, I think of this video, and then I get the weebly jeebies and start crying a little.

Come Again? / Dustin Rowles

Industry | November 17, 2008 |

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