According to Variety, Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio.
Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz will produce through their company Depth of Field with Weitz penning the script.
Though a deal hasn’t closed yet, Zemeckis has been eyeing the project since this summer. He was still, however, working on his current pic The Witches for Warner Bros. and didn’t want to commit to a new film until The Witches made more progress in production. With that film in post-production now, Zemeckis began turning his sights on his next project, with Pinocchio high on his list.
The original animated movie tells the tale about a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Disney continues to see its live-action adaptation strategy as a major part of its pipeline, with this year’s Aladdin and The Lion King both crossing the billion dollar milestone this year.