Looks like the film adaptation for the fairy tale ‘Pinocchio’ has gotten a boost forward as there are reports that Jane Goldman is in negotiations to scribe the screenplay for Warner Bros.
Goldman is a respected talent in the genre having written the screenplays for ‘The Woman in Black,’ ‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Stardust’ and has the projects ‘Nonplayer’ and ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ in development.
Whether Goldman will do a total rewrite or work off the initial draft that has already been created by Bryan Fuller (‘Mockingbird Lane,’ ‘Hannibal‘) is yet unknown. The studio has high hopes, however, that if Goldman does come on board, it may be enough to close the deals with Tim Burton to direct and Robert Downey Jr. to star as Goldman would be incorporating some of Downey’s notes he has on the project.
The classic children’s tale, ‘Pinocchio,’ was written by Italian author Carlo Collodi, but it was Disney that made the puppet who wanted to be a real boy famous. In this version being developed by Warner Bros., Downey Jr. would play Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates the wooden puppet Pinocchio. When Pinocchio goes missing, Geppetto goes on a quest to find his little marionette. And, yes, Pinocchio’s nose will grow when he tells a lie in this version too.
It will be interesting to see how this version will hold up to the classic animated version but with Goldman as scribe and Burton on board, this could easily become a fantastical journey to embark on with Geppetto.