Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Lights, Camera ... LIVE ACTION!

We're down to deep strip-mining now.

"Pinocchio"-inspired Live-Action Feature Being Developed at Disney

Yet another live-action version of a tried-and-true Disney fairy tale is wending its way to the big screen. Peter Hedges is penning a feature loosely based on the original Pinocchio story about a boy carved from wood who dreams of becoming a real child. The boy gets his wish but is prone to stretching the truth, and each time he does, his nose grows longer.

The story is really about the relationship between a father and son, the ramifications of lying and creating stories and living in a fantasy world. Pinocchio came from the mind of author Carlo Collodi, who wrote the 1883 novel The Adventures Of Pinocchio. ...

The underlying material is, of course, public domain. (Damn those pesky copyright laws!)

There have been live-action treatments to Collodi's novel developed over the years, some made and some not; many not taken beyond the script phase. (I did see a version twenty years back that starred Martin Landau as Geppetto. It didn't knock me out with its artistry, and ... if memory serves .. was not a box office champ.)

I'm waiting for Diz Co. to develop a live-action version of Bambi. That will be worth seeing, don't you think? I'm guessing that the studio will engage Animal Logic in Australia to do the CG deer.


attmay said...

The only thing I remember about the 1996 version is Jonathan Taylor Thomas asking "could you carve me a girlfriend?" They lost me with that and the charmless character designs.

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