Guillermo Del Toro’s Stop Motion ‘Pinocchio’ Film Announced By Netflix

Guillermo del Toro PinocchioNetflix has announced that they will be backing the next film by Academy Award-winner Guillermo Del Toro. After the success of Best Picture winner The Shape of Water, Del Toro will finally be bringing his lifelong passion project to life: a stop motion animated musical about Pinocchio. 

Netflix revealed the news about Del Toro’s Pinocchio in their press announcement:

Academy Award winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. Pinocchio will be del Toro’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which garnered four Academy Awards last year, including for Best Director and Best Picture.
Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, who created their Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ Trollhunters, the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, 3Below, is set to debut on December 21, 2018, followed by Wizards in 2019. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.
Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman, The Shivering Truth), which will house the stop-motion animation production. Alongside del Toro, Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce. Blanca Lista will co-produce. Also alongside del Toro, Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall, Adventure Time) will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride). Netflix expects production on Pinocchio to begin this fall.
In regards to working with Netflix once again on this new passion project, Del Toro had this to say about working with the streaming giant in bringing Pinocchio to life:
No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.
Are you excited to see Guillermo Del Toro’s newest passion project Pinocchio? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest updates.
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  • Andrew Hegele

    I’m not sure but does Disney get much on Spider-Man Homecoming? I mean I’m sure Marvel gets a nice cut but won’t most of the profit be Sony’s per their deal?

    • Boogie

      Yeah, I think that’s Sony’s loot.

  • Boogie

    Black Panther comes out in 2018, you mean Thor: Ragnarok for 2017.

    Disney should easily beat Universal this year. Doctor Strange will make at least $500M, Moana should make at higher than $500M, and Star Wars should make around $800M.

    They have around $2B coming soon.

  • Bill

    They should after spending 8 billion dollars on marvel and Star Wars

  • SAMURAI36

    Marvel & Disney both sent a sizeable amount of money to Donald Trump, so there’s that. The Marvel Zombies’ hard earned funny book money, hard at work.

    • Axxell

      No evidence = bullsh¡t

      Just like Donald Trump.

  • Sabre777

    Will it be in spanish or english?