Guillermo del Toro to direct ‘Pinocchio’ movie for Netflix

The 75 th Venice International Film Festival – Opening Ceremony – Venice, Italy, August 29, 2018 – Jury president for the Venezia 75 Competition Guillermo del Toro. REUTERS/ Tony Gentile – RC17CE91DA50

Guillermo del Toro has seen a new movie project: “Pinocchio.”

The Mexican filmmaker, 54, is going to helm a “stop motion musical” version of the tale set in 1930 s Italy, the streaming service announced Monday.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio, ” the Oscar-winner said in a statement.

The director also included a brief synopsis for the project.

“In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring parent who gets lost in a world he cannot see, ” del Toro added. “He embarks on an extraordinary journey that foliages him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.”

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Del Toro is also going to be a writer and producer for the upcoming movie.

The company uncovered Patrick McHale is set to co-write the screenplay and Mark Gustafson is going to co-direct the movie.

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“We are incredibly aroused to expand our relationship with Guillermo and we know that his deeply touching vision for bringing Pinocchio to life on Netflix will be embraced by audiences the world over, ” Melissa Cobb, vice president of children and family at Netflix, said in a statement.

Del Toro’s connection with the company spans multiple projects: he made “DreamWorks Trollhunters, ” a children’s show that’s currently available on the platform, with two other installments, called 3Below” and “Wizards, ” set to come out in 2018 and 2019, respectively, Netflix says.

Another del Toro creation, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, ” has yet to be released.

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