Jane Goldman to pen Tim Burton's Pinocchio?
Robert Downey Jr and Tim Burton may unite for Pinocchio - and it looks as if Jane Goldman is on writing duties.
It looks like we may end up with one of those situations that used to be fairly commonplace in the 90s, where two movies based around similar themes end up competing against one another. In the past we had Volcano vs Dante's Peak, Armageddon vs Deep Impact, and the abandoned Crisis In The Hot Zone vs Outbreak. This year, meanwhile, Mirror Mirror and Snow White & The Huntsman raced to the big screen.
Next up? It's the battle of the competing Pinocchios.
We already know that Guillermo del Toro is developing his own long-cherished Pinocchio project. But it looks as if the one that's gaining traction at the moment is a potential Tim Burton-directed live action take on the story. Robert Downey Jr has been mooted to star in the project, and now it's been reported that the proposed Burton Pinocchio is to be written by Jane Goldman.
Goldman is on something of a streak at the moment, with the screenplays to Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and The Woman In Black to her name. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that she's in negotiations for Pinocchio, and if she comes on board, it's unlikely to be long before Burton and Downey Jr commit too.
The hope, of course, is that if Tim Burton does press ahead with Pinocchio, he finds more in the material than he did with both Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland. Both of those projects, come the final cut, felt like a real let down. Burton's more recent Frankenweenie, however, was something really very special.
The other hope is that this doesn't derail what Guillermo del Toro has planned - his Pinocchio is a film we're very, very keen to see.
More on both versions as we hear it.