"Pinocchio," that mischievous young lad of wood created by carpenter Geppetto comes to life, dreams about becoming a real flesh and blood boy and every time he lies his nose grows longer.
His best friend is a cricket named Jiminy.
"Pinocchio" first appeared on the silver screen as a full-length feature animated film back in 1940 and has returned in various forms over the last 75-years in books, graphic novels, television shows and movies. This will be the first real attempt with a big budget live-action project and word from Disney is it will be based on that original 40's film, which in turn was loosely based on the 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi.
In Collodi's original 19th Century tale Pinocchio wasn't the cute little guy that Disney and others have portrayed him to be over the years. He was a boy prone to stretching the truth, behaving badly and was written to be an example to children on how not to act. While he is the story's protagonist and deep down in his wooden heart is basically a good person, his penchant for mischievous behavior usually leads him into bad situations. Jiminy Cricket's role in the Disney versions was expanded beyond the parameters set by Collodi and came to represent the conscious of Pinocchio on his journey to becoming a real boy.
There are other "Pinocchio" projects on the board at this time including the Guillermo del Toro stop-motion capture film that has been in production for the last 7-years. I suppose it takes a long time to move those little figures a quarter inch at a time.
Disney Pictures has hired Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) to pen the script, according to Deadline.