As we all know, Guillermo del Toro has enough projects lined up to last him the rest of his life. You’d think that this would stop him from adding more, but now it looks like he’ll have his hand in another project; this one will be a feature-length stop-motion version of the cherished tale of Pinocchio based on a book illustrated by Gris Grimly.
This version of the tale — whose main character gained popularity with U.S. audiences thanks to Disney’s animated version in 1940 — would be brought to life by the puppets created by the Jim Henson Company, or at least that’s what Del Toro’s is working on having.
We are trying to get a full stop-motion version of Gris Grimly’s PINOCCHIO off the ground, with the Jim Henson Company. The idea came from Gris, and everybody loves his book about it. The original story is far more perverse and spooky and semi-necrophilia vibe to it in certain aspects. Gris certainly has that vein in him, he wants to do this with that original spookiness in it, we are trying to get it going. The Jim Henson Company is the behind it and we are currently working on the screenplay! Its not coming to a screen near you any time soon, even if it were to begin today it would be about three years in the making, but we are working to make it happen. A full-scale puppet universe takes time.
Grimly has created several illustrated books adapted from popular literature and added his signature macabre style to it, which were then marketed for children. Grimly’s Pinocchio is one of these, along with his version Sleepy Hollow and another made up of Edgar Allen Poe tales. The author has also produced several original dark children’s books, like his Wicked Nursery Rhymes and his most recent release The Dangerous Alphabet, a book he illustration that was written by Neil Gaiman. For Pinocchio, Del Toro will write the script with Grimly, who will direct the movie with Adam Parrish King.
On top of this (but semi related), del Toro also has ANOTHER puppet movie that he wants to do!
I am not at liberty to speak about it right now, but one of the hundred things we are doing is developing a full-scale puppet film of my own as well. It came about on the set of HELLBOY II. The beginning of the film has a puppet sequence, and when we budgeted it out as live-action it came in around $7 million, The studio said ‘No’, so I proposed we do it with puppets. Mike Mignola loved the idea and I think it’s one of the wonderful finding in the film.
If we’re going to test cloning at all, we need to clone 36 Guillermo del Toro’s so we can see all of these damn movies now.