Guillermo Del Toro, Academy Award winning director of The Shape of Water is set to direct, write and produce, Pinocchio for Netflix. Pinocchio will be an animated stop motion musical that has been a life long passion project for Del Toro. Del Tore’s Pinocchio will be set in Italy during the 1930s
“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.”
“Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic creature in The Shape of Water. We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”
Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix
This project from Guillermo Del Toro along with The Jim Henson Company which will house the stop-motion animation production side will be a highlight of Netflix’s expanding move into producing films.