Nine days into what is supposed to be a fantastic year for film, and it’s already beginning to ring my ears with great news.
As with other children’s stories, Pinocchio is yet another classic that has been brought to life in many forms over it’s lifespan, however, it has also never had the Burton treatment… until now. Since September last year, Warner Bros. had announced they would be working on the project, and has now expressed their interest in working with director Tim Burton, who is universally known for his extreme, dark yet colourful and weirdly unique creations/take on films such as Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is also known for his work with the man who is able to bring the unusual characters to life, Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and most recently, Dark Shadows, which is due to be released May 11th 2012. So from Burton’s track record, we can guarantee Pinocchio won’t be any different.
As for the casting, it is being reported that Burton himself has expressed his interest in my all time favourite actor, the hugely talented Robert Downey Jr to play none other than the man who created the puppet… Gepetto. Burton working with Downey Jr is literally the best thing since the Burton, Depp, Bonham Carter trio. A complete dream come true. With Burton’s vision and Downey Jr’s creativity, I can sense a blockbuster already, and nothing’s confirmed yet!
Tim Burton seems to know how to pick them well, an actor who can get the British accent spot on (Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr) will always be in my good books. Oscar season is coming up… someone should seriously consider making a category for the best accent or something.