Pinocchio: Tim Burton out, Ben Stiller in?

News Simon Brew
22 Apr 2013 - 06:51
Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr is still involved in a live action Pinocchio project. But might Ben Stiller replace Tim Burton as director...?

It was earlier this month that news landed regarding the identity of the next film from director Tim Burton. And it's an interesting choice that he's made: a biopic of the painter Margaret Keane, that explores the complex relationship with her husband. Going under the title of Big Eyes, the movie has been penned by Ed Wood screenwriters Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

One project that Burton had been reportedly circling though was a live action take on Pinocchio. Robert Downey Jr had been mooted to star in the film, and Jane Goldman - of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class vintage - was reportedly penning a screenplay.

The latest on the film? Well, while promoting Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr was speaking to Sky Italia, and he revealed that Tim Burton was no longer directing the movie. Furthermore, he's suggested Ben Stiller as his replacement. Stiller's next film, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, is getting impressive advanced buzz. Even though it appears not to be finished yet.

When we hear more news on the Pinoccho project (which is separate from the animated version that Guillermo del Toro is developing), we'll let you know. Stiller's not officially involved with it yet that we know of. But it does seem definite that Tim Burton has passed.

Sky Italia.

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