Disney is full steam ahead with live action remakes of their animated classics, and another major director has boarded one of the many projects in development.
Deadline is reporting that Robert Zemeckis, director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, has signed on to direct and co-write Disney’s Pinocchio. Zemeckis will partner with Chris Weitz on the script, with the plan being to begin production by the end of 2020 start.
The original 1940 film became the first animated feature to win a competitive Academy Award – winning two for Best Music, Original Score and for Best Music, Original Song for “When You Wish Upon a Star.” It is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made, with a 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.
Andrew Miano and Weitz are producing Pinocchio through their Depth of Field label. Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine are executive producing.
Casting has yet to be revealed for the film, and it is unknown as to if Disney is actively searching for lead actors. The house of mouse currently has several dates locked for future films, but did not reveal which would be for Pinocchio.
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