Word is that the whispered rumors about Tim Burton’s Pinocchio movie might be bearing fruit. Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class), is in talks to tackle the rewrite of Bryan Fuller‘s first draft of Pinocchio, and she will be incorporating RDJ‘s script notes. Although not signed to contract, Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to the project in early stages to star as Geppetto, and has submitted script notes of his desired changes.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Goldman’s joining the Warner Bros. project. THR says that no deals are in place, but many believe that the addition of Goldman to the team and the inclusion of RDJ‘s script requests will help lock in contracts for Burton as director and Downy as the lead character.
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Downey would play Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy and whose nose grows when he tells a lie. When Pinocchio goes missing, Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his marionette.
Of course the focus will be more on Geppetto with an actor of RDJ’s stature in the role. There are sure to be adventures for the puppet maker as he tracks down his wayward creation.
Does this mean that Johnny Depp might take on the Pinocchio role? When is the last movie Burton has directed without Depp? What do you think about the project?