Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio project is officially not happening. The director, who is set to take a year off, has been developing the project for a number of years now but it seems that he’s finally given up on it after all.
“It’s not happening,” del Toro said in a recent interview with IGN, adding, “But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress.”
Despite Pinocchio not having had the chance to come to life at the hands of del Toro, fans of the director can take solace with the release of his latest effort, The Shape of Water. The romance-drama-monster tale has been garnering critical praise with its unique tale, which makes this Pinocchio movie news a bitter pill to swallow.