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Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson to Co-Direct “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Hollywood, CA — Guillermo Del Toro will co-direct Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson (Animation Director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox). The Jim Henson Company production will be a 3D stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio based on the edition of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale illustrated by Gris Grimly. Inferno will represent the property to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Del Toro most recently served as executive producer of DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2 and the upcoming Rise of the Guardians as well as creative consultant on Megamind. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio marks his first turn helming an animated feature.

With a story by Del Toro, his frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins, and Gris Grimly, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio is a retelling of one of the world’s best-loved tales. The puppet Pinocchio embarks on a series of extraordinary and thrilling adventures, proving himself to be as indestructible as his love for his father. Robbins wrote the screenplay for the project.

Lisa Henson will produce for The Jim Henson Company with Del Toro and Jason Lust. Grimly and Gary Ungar will serve as executive producers, as will Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Inferno. Veteran rock musician and film composer Nick Cave will serve as music consultant for the production.

“Guillermo has been so passionate about this project from its inception and it is an honor to have him bring his unique blend of live action and animation experience to this well-loved story, collaborating with the talented Mark Gustafson,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company.

“We thought the combination of beloved family friendly brands such as Pinocchio and The Jim Henson Company along with the visual and storytelling genius of Guillermo del Toro would have the makings of a film that will have tremendous worldwide box office appeal,” said Inferno’s Co-Chairman Bill Johnson. Added Jim Seibel, Co-Chairman of Inferno, “This is an exciting opportunity for both Inferno and the international distributors to be in business with filmmakers of this pedigree.”

  • Rodrigo

    Nick Cave doing the Film Soundtrack (or at least any creative input on the music) ?

    Im in! Can’t wait to see a trailer or a teaser! :D

  • RG

    I believe the Jim Henson company was involved in a live action version of this story a few years ago that they proceeded to foul up beyond all recognition. I hate to say it but this is an Italian story and it is about damn time it was made by an Italian director with an Italian cast (Asia Argento Blue Fairy please!). The best Beauty and the Beast is still Cocteau’s version because he was FRENCH, and understood his own culture. Disney was no Italian and neither is Guillermo. The book better than ANY film of it.

  • Mister Twister

    This can only end good.