Guillermo del Toro shared many previews about Pinocchio, the film he made inspired by the work of Carlo Collodi of which new images have been released.
Pinocchio will return to the screens in the version designed by Guillermo del Toro and new ones have been shared online imagesalso revealing unpublished details on the project.
The Vanity Fair magazine has in fact published an interesting article that also reveals the director’s sources of inspiration.
Guillermo del Toro, speaking of Pinocchio, said: “I’ve always been really intrigued by the connections between Pinocchio and Frankenstein. They are both a child thrown into the world. They are both created by a father who expects them to understand what is good, what is bad, ethics, morals, love, life, the essentials, by themselves. I think that was, for me, childhood. You had to understand based on your very limited experience“.
The director added: “This is an age that requires tremendous complexity from kids. Much more complicated than when I was a boy. Young people need answers and reassurance. For me it is something that will appeal to children and adults who talk to each other. Confront very profound ideas about what makes us human“. The transformation, for example, will not be necessary:”All you need to be human is to behave like one. I have never believed that that transformation is necessary to earn love“.
The new version of Pinocchio will be very different from the work of Carlo Collodi: “We couldn’t be more different than any other adaptation in our spiritual and philosophical goals, or even in the setting.“.
The story will take place in Italy, between the two world wars, and will show a parallel between fascism and the story of Pinocchio: “Blind obedience is not a virtue. Pinocchio’s virtue is disobedience. In a time when everyone is acting like puppets, he doesn’t. Those are interesting things for me. I don’t want to tell the same story. I want to tell it my way and the way I understand the world“.
Gregory Mann will give voice to Pinocchio, while David Bradley played Geppetto who, after the death of his son, places his boyfriend’s grave under the tree from which the wood with which the puppet is created will be taken.
Ewan McGregor will play Sebastian J. Cricket, the Jiminy Cricket version of the film that will evolve realizing that he doesn’t have to teach Pinocchio how to behave, but he himself has to learn the lesson.
Christoph Waltz will be the Count Fox who will combine the characteristics of the villains of the original story in a single character, Cate Blanchett a monkey called Spazaturra, Ron Perlman an authoritarian officer who has sinister plans for Pinocchio and Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick, the son of man .
Furthermore, Pinocchio will be targeted by the military who consider him a perfect weapon because, being made of wood, he cannot die.
The debut on Netflix will take place in December.