Disney reveals a first look at the new adaptation of “Pinocchio”. Tom Hanks is revealed in the foreground in the role of Geppetto, opposite the little wooden boy.
Pinocchio added to the list of live adaptations
At Disney, we are overwhelmed with originality. The studio with Mickey’s ears multiplies live-action remakes of Disney classics. We no longer count them. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The beauty and the Beast… All have paid the price for an adaptation – good or bad – in live-action. More recently, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan directly on Disney+ in France, go through the mill.
Whereas Peter Pan and Wendy’s as well as The Little Mermaid are next on the list, Pinocchio will also be adapted for the cinema. The story of a puppet coming to life under the eyes of its maker who dreams of having a little boy. The adventures of the little wooden man follow. The film is adapted from the book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
Tom Hanks plays Geppetto
The Disney+ project should land directly on the streaming platform. At the making of the film, Robert Zemeckis, director of the classic Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, and another no less famous film. In his career, he also directed two animated films: The Polar Express (2004) and Scrooge’s Funny Christmas (2009).
In Pinocchio, Robert Zemeckis directs Tom Hanks, with whom he has worked several times on film sets. Remember the great Forrest Gump and Alone in the world. This time, the actor embodies Geppetto, creator of the puppet coming to life before his eyes. The first image unveiled by Disney shows him aged, wearing an imposing mustache, and white hair. He stands in front of his creation, Pinocchio, which seems to be the perfect copy of the original animated feature film.
Alongside Tom Hanks, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth doubles the puppet. Joseph Gordon-Levitt doubles Jiminy Cricket, and Cynthia Erivo embodies the blue fairy.
We fight for Pinocchio
It’s not the only adaptation of the year for Pinocchio. As a reminder, Amazon has its adaptation released in France in 2019 directly on Prime Video directed by Matteo Garrone. Italian actor Roberto Benigni embodies Geppetto.
And it’s not over. In 2022, everyone is fighting to have the best film Pinocchio. Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson are directing another adaptation. This time in stop motion for Netflix. A duel of platforms! If the work of the director of The Shape of Water comes out in December, that of Robert Zemeckis arrives in September on Disney +. Just wait a few months to compare the two productions.