Tim Burton's 'Pinocchio' in talks with writer Jane Goldman

'Kick-Ass' writer in negotiations to pen fantasy film starring Robert Downey Jr

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Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman is reportedly in talks to write the script for Tim Burton's Pinocchio.

The film, a live-action version of the Carlo Collodi's Italian fairytale, was initially announced in September 2011 by Warner Bros but has stalled due to issues with the original script, written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

However, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Goldman, the wife of ITV chat show host Jonathan Ross, is in the final stages of talks to take up the script, using notes made by Robert Downey Jr, who will also star in the film as Geppetto.

While most will know the Pinocchio story from Disney's 1940 animated classic, which centres around the handmade puppet's journey to be a real boy, Burton's film will focus on Geppetto's quest to find Pinocchio after he goes missing.

Jane Goldman is best known for her collaborations with director Matthew Vaughn, having adapted Neil Gaiman's Stardust for the helmer and worked with him again on Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Goldman also wrote The Woman In Black starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr has recently just wrapped up filming of Iron Man 3, which is due out for release in May 2013. While filming the superhero sequel, Downey was forced to take a break from the production after he injured his ankle shooting a stunt.

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