Toy Story and Forrest Gump actor, Tom Hanks is now in talks to play the role of Geppetto in Disney’s live-action, Pinocchio.
The toymaker, who longs for a son, had wished for one of his puppets to come to life. When the Blue Fairy had granted his request, Geppetto’s puppet had embarked on a journey with Jiminy Cricket to become a real boy.
The Pinocchio movie will be the very first live-action movie of this 1940 movie that had been produced by Walt Disney.
Paul King will be ready to set to direct after the departure of Sam Mendes. King will be directing with a script that he has penned with Chris Weitz and Simon Farnaby.
Pinocchio will be the latest live-action on a Disney classic following The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. Releasing in 2019 are Aladdin, The Lion King and Dumbo.
Disney will be eyeing the live-action movies of The Little Mermaid with Zendaya and also Mulan, and these will make their debut in the year, 2020.
The LEGO Movie producer, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich have been recruited for putting together a live-action and also a CGI-blend Lilo & Stitch for this studio, which will update The Sword in the Stone and also Peter Pan as it mines the catalogue of the animated classics to find its way onto the big screen.
Disney has the live-action/CG-animated Lady and the Tramp also set to debut on Disney+, in the year, 2019.
King’s Pinocchio is not the only re-imagining of the Carlo Collodi fairy tale. Guillermo del Toro will be writing, producing and also directing a movie for Netflix, and the Robert Downey Jr. has also been attached to play Geppetto for Pinocchio.
Disney will beat Warner Bros. to the punch like it had done with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, which had beat out Andy Serkis’ movie, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which Warner Bros. will issue to Netflix.