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Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Be A Part Of Guillermo Del Toro’s Extremely Weird Pinocchio Remake

Daniel Racliffe Wants A Part In Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio

When the man behind Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage decides to make a 3-D stop-motion Pinocchio remake, you just know it’s going to be a lot more odd and unsettling than the classic Disney kids movie. So why not add a dash of Daniel Radcliffe and make it downright bizarre? Director Guillermo Del Toro bragged  to an audience at the Cannes Film Festival this week that the Harry Potter star expressed an interest in “getting involved” in the film, presumably as the voice of the wooden boy himself. Did we mention singer Tom Waits is probably going to be Geppetto? Sure, why wouldn’t he be? Makes those creepy, donkey-riddled Pleasure Island scenes in the Disney Pinocchio seem downright normal! Just kidding, of course! That island will haunt us forever. Why were those boys all smoking cigars? That ain’t right!

Del Toro is also hoping to snag Christopher Walken for the film’s malevolent fox villain. The director vowed that movie would be way more faithful to the original story, ”more surreal and slightly darker” and would be set in Italy between the World Wars. Because why wouldn’t he go all out with the desolate, terrifying aspect of a heartwarming fairytale? The Blue Fairy is going to be some sort of horrible mantis, isn’t she? Isn’t she, Del Toro?

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Director Guillermo Del Toro Quits The Hobbit

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This is a major setback for the planned film version of J.R.R Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, something Lord of The Rings junkies have been looking forward to for years. Production delays have forced director Guillermo del Toro to quit the two-part prequel to Peter Jackson‘s LOTR trilogy.

He stated, “In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life.” He added, “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.” Apparently the film still hadn’t been given the go-ahead by MGM.

Del Toro will continue to co-write the screenplays with Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. But there’s no directing to be done because, he said, “There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”

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