Italian actor Toni Servillo, who’s known for his role in the Foreign-Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty, is set to star in Matteo Garrone’s new imagining of the classic tale Pinocchio. He’ll play the wooden puppet’s father Geppetto, reteaming him with Garrone for the first time since the duo worked together on the 2008 Cannes Film Festival hit Gomorrah.
Rarely revisited since the 1940 Disney classic, Garrone’s live-action version will take an “artisanal approach, blending prosthetics, special makeup and CGI.”
Garrone’s Archimede Productions, Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company and Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte will produce the adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s bestselling classic. Garrone will direct from his own screenplay.
Hanway Films is representing worldwide rights for the film, which will be unveiled to buyers at the American Film Market next week. RAI Cinema already has acquired Italian rights, while Le Pacte will distribute the title in France.
“Pinocchio is a dream of mine that goes back in time to when I was a child,” Garrone said in the statement. “With this movie I will complete my journey through the fairy-tale world that I started with Tale Of Tales.”
The film is expected to begin shooting in the spring in Italy.