Six-time Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson has been tapped to write a live-action take on PINOCCHIO for Robert Downey Jr, with the potential to direct. The project, inspired by the classic Carlo Collodi novel, stars Downey as aging puppeteer Geppetto, who creates the titular wooden puppet that dreams of becoming a real boy.
The Giver scribe Michael Mitnick scripted the latest draft, with Downey updating over the last few months. Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman wrote previous drafts. Downey will produce via his shingle, Team Downey, along with partner Susan Downey. Dan Jinks will also produce under his The Dan Jinks Company banner.
The Warner Bros. take on the classic story is one of multiple Pinocchio projects in development. Disney and 20th Century Fox are both crafting their own versions, with Fox’s focusing on Geppetto as well. Ben Stiller and Tim Burton were at separate times attached to direct the pic for Warner.
The children’s tale is out of Anderson’s wheelhouse, as the acclaimed writer/director is known for adult dramas such as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Blow, There Will Be Blood, and The Master. Last year, Anderson received an Academy Award screenplay nomination for his surreal drama Inherent Vice, which was also at Warner. Up next, he’ll produce the thriller Lethal Injection for Universal.
Anderson is repped by CAA.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor