Pinocchio is a retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairy tale, which was scripted by Bryan Fuller (creator of the Hannibal TV series) and thereafter given a rewrite from Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black), in the hope of getting Tim Burton to commit as director. However, now that Burton is moving forward with Big Eyes as his next project instead, it appears that RDJ is looking for someone else to take the helm.
It seems that the Iron Man/Sherlock Holmes actor may already have a candidate in mind, as he’s expressed a desire to reunite with Ben Stiller (who directed and co-starred with Downey in the popular comedy Tropic Thunder) on Pinocchio.
Downey, during a promotional event for the fast-approaching Iron Man 3 in Italy, expressed his desire to collaborate with Stiller on Pinocchio to Sky Italia, but the rough translation makes it hard to discern, for certain, whether or not the actor wants Stiller to direct the film. Stiller at the helm would make sense, though, given that Downey must be comfortable working under his direction at this point.
Moreover, the CinemaCon response to Walter Mitty suggests that Stiller would be a good choice to realize the darkly-whimsical world and fantastical characters found in the Pinocchio story onscreen for a new generation. He certainly has the right sense for dark and sardonic comedy that would befit a Fuller and Goldman-scripted fairy tale, having made such films as Reality Bites, The Cable Guy and Zoolander.
Of course, there’s no word yet on whether or not Stiller wants the job; though, if he does accept the offer, look for the live-action Pinocchio to make it to the big screen before Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated version.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2013.