The Disney live-action remake extravaganza has been going strong now for a few years. Now it seems Pinocchio is getting ready to crash the party.

Viva Variety, Tom Hanks has entered into early negotiations with the Mouse House about the possibility of taking on Gepetto in their live-action Pinocchio remake. Gepetto of course is the creator/mentor/father of the wooden puppet who dreams of being a real boy.

The outlet reported back in 2018 that Back to the Future director Robert Zemickis was in line to helm the picture. If these reports come to fruition, Pinocchio would once again reunite the director with his go-to star. The pair previously collaborated on 1994’s Forrest Gump, 2000’s Cast Away and 2004’s The Polar Express.

The original Pinocchio released in 1940 and was based upon Carlo Collodi’s children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. In it, Gepetto carves a wooden puppet that’s brought to life by a fairy. Dubbed Pinocchio, he’s told that he will become a real boy if he proves to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Chris Weitz will pen the script.

Hanks recently starred as commander in the World War II combat drama Greyhound, which premiered on Apple TV Plus in July after being sold by Sony Pictures. He received his sixth Oscar nomination this year for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

What do you make of this news? And how have you felt about Disney’s other live-action remakes up to this point? If you haven’t been a fan, does the casting of Tom Hanks do anything to change your mind about Pinocchio? Sound off in the comments below and let me and the rest of the movie-loving world know your thoughts!


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