Guillermo del Toro's Stop-Motion Pinocchio Has Been Cancelled

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When Guillermo del Toro announced that he would co-direct a Pinocchio stop-motion animated, fans got very excited. The film would have been darker than the Disney animated film, which was already pretty dark for a children's film, and have an art-style that was based on Gris Grimly's art for the original novel. Unfortunately, none of this is going to happen anymore, as del Toro has announced that the film is canceled.

During an interview with IGN about his Netflix show Trollhunters, del Toro confirmed that the film is no longer being made. He does briefly discuss the ideas he wanted to explore in the movie and seems to be disappointed that it isn't going to happen anymore. It's a shame that we won't be able to see his interpretation since del Toro is one of the most imaginative directors out there.

"It's not happening. 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."

Fans are probably a bit disheartened by the news since he had previously stated that it was still in the works. It seems that no studio was willing to cough up the needed $35 million budget needed, especially now that stop-motion animation has become a bit niche. This isn't the first time del Toro had to cancel an exciting project; he had previously agreed to make Silent Hills with Hideo Kojima, but that was canceled after Kojima's relationship with Konami fell apart.

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