20th Century Fox just snatched up what they’re hoping will be Shawn Levy’s next directorial effort once he finishes filming Frankenstein. Levi is taken on another project within Hollywood’s favorite new sub-genre: the fairy tale revamped! The four-quadrant saga will be based on the life of Pinocchio and is aiming to be a big hit!
Deadline reported that writer Michael Vukadinovich sold the spec for the prequel to the classic tale Pinocchio -titled The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto– to 20th Century Fox and Levy’s production company 21 Laps. The script is being compared to Tim Burton‘s Big Fish or Rob Reiner‘s The Princess Bride, which suggests a mix of swashbuckling action and humor.
The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto will follow Geppetto, the creator of the wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy, across a hard life as he tries to be with his one true love, a woman named Julia Moon. Everyone’s favorite character in the story was this elderly father figure. So it will be great to get the insight to many unanswered questions we have about Geppetto!
Shawn Levy’s on a roll. His latest, the robot-boxing drama Real Steel, is contending at the box office. He’s producing Neighborhood Watch with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and preparing a Frankenstein feature from a Max Landis screenplay. Then comes Geppetto and after that the director has been teasing with a Reel Steel sequel.
But Geppetto is not the only Pinocchio-themed project in the works, Disney has a live action version with Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) writing the script; while Guillermo Del Toro is in production on a stop-motion take of the wooden puppet story, with music by Nick Cave.
Levy‘s probably busy with Frankenstein for the next couple of years, so we wouldn’t expect to see Geppetto for quite a while!
By Larry Yepez Jr.