Date: 6th August 2020
Tom Hanks is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney’s live-action version of "Pinocchio".
Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal was never made, but given Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.
In Disney's cautionary tale, Geppetto is a kindly, old woodcarver and the creator of Pinocchio. Before he carves Pinocchio out of the finest wood in his shop, Geppetto is seen living alone with his kitten Figaro and goldfish Cleo. More than anything, Geppetto wants a son to call his very own. After crafting the young boy with care, Geppetto wishes for his creation to come to life. That wish is then granted by the Blue Fairy.
Robert Zemeckis will direct the film with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing through their company Depth of Field, with Weitz and Zemeckis penning the script.
Source: Press Release