Now, director Guillermo del Toro is also interested in working on the story of Pinocchio with his own unique twist; Italian fascism era background.
Since being popularized by Disney in 1940, the character Pinocchio has become a popular boy doll and has been adapted in various films and television series.
Already in the development stage since 2008, this stop-motion-style film project is often suspended because it is considered to have no market on the big screen.
Fortunately, with the rise of streaming services in recent years, the Pinocchio film project has been successfully acquired and funded by Netflix since 2018.
Now finally entering its broadcast year, Guillermo del Toro also shares some important details about his Pinocchio story. One thing that makes Guillermo’s version of Pinocchio unique is the setting; instead of taking place in a fantasy world, the film is set in Italy during the fascist era of Benito Mussolini.
“My Pinocchio story will be set in the founding of Mussolini’s fascism in Italy,” said the director, “Pinocchio’s story takes the theme of humanity; what makes humans human, and what makes humans feel like puppets.”
In recent years, Guillermo del Toro has managed to establish a very good relationship with Netflix through several of their collaborations; Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards series.
The emergence of this stop-motion film Pinocchio also indicates that there are still many Guillermo projects that will be produced by Netflix in the future; no matter how weird it is.
The production process has started since 2019, this film will be voiced by Gregory Mann as the titular character, Ewan McGregor as the Cricket, and Ron Perlman as the antagonist named Mangiafuoco. Guillermo’s version of Pinocchio will also feature the voices of veteran actors like Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, and Finn Wolfhard.
Guillermo’s version of Pinocchio is slated for release in late 2022.