This is exciting news, as I’m a huge fan of Bryan Fuller: Warner Brothers is courting Robert Downey, Jr. for a live-action production of the Carlo Collodi classic, Pinocchio. Tim Burton is currently attached as the director and wants to work with Robert, but it’s a matter of fitting it into his busy schedule. Bryan Fuller wrote the script for WB, with previous collaborator Dan Jinks on board as the producer.
In the version being developed at Warner Bros., Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his missing marionette. The well-regarded script is by “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller. Dan Jinks (American Beauty) is producing.
Neither Burton nor Downey has a deal with Warners, but sources say Burton is keen to direct the film and has begun talks with the studio, so it’s just a question of whether Pinocchio will be his next movie. The Alice in Wonderland director also is eyeing an adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at Fox, among other projects. Warners wants to move quickly with Pinocchio, so if Burton chooses to make another movie first, the studio might move on to other directors.
According to two well-placed sources, Downey has expressed serious interest in the project (and in working with Burton), but his busy schedule must still be worked out. Warner Bros. is hoping that Burton and Downey commit soon so the project can be fast-tracked.