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Warner Brothers is moving forward with a live-action adaptation of 'Pinocchio,' and none other than Tim Burton is interested in pulling the strings. Apparently in this version, written by Bryan Fuller ('Pushing Daisies'), Geppetto sets out on a quest to find his wayward wooden boy. Burton seems to have his eye set on Robert Downey, Jr. for the starring role of the master carpenter. It is important to note that neither Burton nor RDJ has anything resembling an official deal as of yet, but Burton is quite jazzed about the project and is currently in talks with WB to helm the film. RDJ is also evidently very interested and it may now just be a question of his availability. Given that WB has fast-tracked this project, and that Burton is also considering signing on to Fox's 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,' the new Pinocchio will likely happen with or without Burton.
Once again, Burton is looking to play in someone else's sandbox; closing in on not one, but two adaptations. Don't get me wrong, I dig the idea of a Pinocchio story that focuses more on Geppetto's search, and the fact that Fuller wrote the script is more than a tad intriguing, but how many Burton adaptations are we going to get before he does something original? I would love to see Robert Downey, Jr. play Geppetto, but I would actually prefer someone else behind the camera. I'm therefore glad Warner Brothers is not, or at least appears to not be, hinging this project on whether Burton signs on. What is not clear however is how much of RDJ's interest in this project is tied up in Burton's involvement. There are a great deal of moving pieces and variables here, but I'm sure we'll see this film one way or another.
What do you guys think? Would you see a Tim Burton 'Pinocchio?' Do you like RDJ as Geppetto?