Guillermo del Toro is directing a new animated ‘Pinocchio’ feature for Netflix

"I've wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember"

Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro is set to write, direct and produce a new ‘Pinocchio’ animated feature for Netflix.

Based on the classic children’s tale of a puppet who wants to be a human boy, the stop-motion animated feature will be set in Italy in the 1930’s around the time of the rise of fascism and the rise of Mussolini. The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth were set against similarly fraught moments in history by del Toro.

Speaking about the feature, The Shape of Water director said: “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.”

Del Toro has worked with Netflix previously on their Emmy award-winning series Trollhunters and Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.

Work on the upcoming film will begin this autumn and del Toro will collaborate on the project with The Jim Henderson Company.

Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix Melissa Cobb said: “Throughout his distinguished career, Guillermo has exhibited mastery in inspiring people through his magical worlds filled with unforgettable and magnificent characters, from the monsters in Pan’s Labyrinth to the aquatic beast in The Shape of Water.

“We are incredibly excited to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over.”

In a 4 star review of the The Shape of Water, NME said: “Throughout his career, Guillermo del Toro has developed a reputation for crafting some of Hollywood’s most prominent oddities – from the dark fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth to the gothic romance of Crimson Peak.

“But it’s The Shape Of Water that may well prove to be his masterpiece, with the Mexican auteur crafting a magnificently twisted tale that is somewhere in between Beauty And The Beast and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”