Tom Hanks is reportedly in early talks — once more — to play Geppetto, Pinocchio’s maker and “father”, in Disney’s live-action remake of its 1940 animated traditional, which can reunite him with director Robert Zemeckis over a decade and a half later. Hanks and Zemeckis have beforehand labored collectively on the 1994 comedy-drama Forrest Gump, for which they each received Oscars, the 2000 survival drama Cast Away, and the 2004 animated journey The Polar Express.
Deadline first introduced phrase of Hanks being tapped to painting Pinocchio’s creator, noting that this would not be the primary time the American star has entered this dialog. In November 2018, when Paul King (Paddington) was hooked up as director on Pinocchio, Disney had approached Hanks to play Geppetto however a deal was by no means executed. Negotiations are “very early” even now, Deadline notes, however Hanks has reportedly instructed Zemeckis that he needs to be a part of the Disney remake.
A live-action reimagining of Pinocchio has been in the works at Disney since April 2015, with the primary script coming from Peter Hedges (Ben Is Back). Two years later, director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and author Chris Weitz (About a Boy) have been circling the challenge, however Mendes dropped out just a few months after. King was hooked up to Pinocchio by February 2018, with Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as the brand new author. A date for filming was set as effectively.
But then King stepped apart in January final yr due to “family reasons” and Pinocchio ended up in growth hell once more. Zemeckis got here on board in October 2019 and was formally confirmed again in January, with Disney saying that he additionally co-wrote the movie with Weitz, whose final involvement with the challenge had been in 2017.
This is not the one Pinocchio film in the works. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) is predicted to ship a much darker, stop-motion animated version for Netflix in 2021, which attracts from Carlo Collodi’s unique 1883 novel, “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.
Hanks was final seen in the Apple TV+ World War II drama Greyhound. He’s at present busy with the Elvis Presley biopic, which had to put a cease to filming after Hanks and his spouse Rita Wilson contracted COVID-19. They have since recovered and manufacturing is predicted to resume in the autumn in Australia.
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