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Paddington 2 director Paul King to direct Disney's live-action Pinocchio


Story by Jack Foley

PAUL King, director of the critically-acclaimed Paddington movies, has been chosen to direct Disney’s live action re-imagining of Pinocchio.

Released in 1940, the animated original was the second film made by Disney, after 1937’s Snow White & The Seven Dwarves.

It was an adaptation the Italian story by Carlo Collodi about a wooden boy puppet crafted by an old carver named Geppetto, who is brought to life by a fairy who says he will become a real boy if he shows bravery.

As Pinocchio attempts to realise his dream of becoming a boy, he and his friend, Jiminy Cricket, embark on a series of adventures that include Pinocchio being kidnapped to be part of a puppet show, getting turned into a donkey and being swallowed by a whale.

Jack Thorne, who penned the feel-good hit Wonder, is currently re-writing the script.

King, whose Paddington 2 is one of the best reviewed films of all-time, will replace Sam Mendes, who was initially slated to direct the project but left last year.

The in-demand filmmaker has also just signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ Willy Wonka, a re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.