Guillermo del Torro is set to direct a Netflix animated adaption of Pinocchio.
This adaption of Pinocchio will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country.
Del Toro released a statement about his involvement in the project:
“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio. In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”
Netflix and del Toro have previously team up for their Emmy award-winning television series Trollhunters, the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy.