'Pinocchio'-inspired live-action film in development at Disney
Pinocchio may finally get his wish to be a real boy—for real this time.
EW has learned that Disney is in the early process of developing a live-action film inspired by the classic tale of Pinocchio, which Disney famously made into an animated film in 1940.
About a Boy and Dan in Real Life writer Peter Hedges is set to write the script for Disney’s live-action take, which is loosely inspired the Pinocchio story. No other names are attached to the project, which is still very early in its development.
The original The Adventures of Pinocchio novel debuted in the late 1800s. Disney’s animated film told the story of the wood-carver Geppetto and his puppet Pinocchio, who is brought to life and desperately wants to become a real boy.
If the project takes off, it would continue Disney’s recent trend of translating many of its most famous animated properties into live action. Cinderella recently performed well at the box office, and several other live projects are reportedly in the works, including Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Beauty in the Beast. All projects are in various forms of development.
No other details about the Pinocchio project are yet known. Deadline originally reported the project.