Tim Burton wants to ‘Burtonise’ another classic tale: this time by directing a dark version of the children’s classic, Pinocchio.

The Oscar-winning director, known for his unique twists on other children’s tales such as James and the Giant Peach, Alice in Wonderland and this year’s Frankenweenie film, is pulling the strings for Robert Downey Junior to play Geppetto, the woodcarver.

Burton’s live action film, which is to be made by Warner Brothers, will be written by American screenwriter, Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me).

Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of a lonely man who creates a puppet that ends up coming to life, will be portrayed quite differently by Fuller.

It is rumoured that the woodcarver will receive a larger role, which will involve going on a quest to reunite with his puppet pal who is desperate to become a real boy.

However, Guillermo del Toro (Puss in BootsKung Fu Panda) has also jumped on the fairytale band wagon.

Del Toro is currently making a 3D animation about the marionette, which means Burton may have some competition.

The mischievous marionette first appeared in Collodi’s 1883 story, ‘The Adventures Of Pinocchio’ years before Walt Disney produced his magical children’s adaptation in 1940. The most recent version was released in 2002 and starred Roberto Benigni.

Burton and Warner Brothers have not confirmed any deals yet, but we will keep you posted.

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