It seems like director Guillermo del Toro adds another project to his “to-do” list every month, but welcome news came last week when it was announced that del Toro is planning to co-direct his first stop-motion animated feature. The filmmaker is spearheading an adaptation of Pinocchio alongside co-director Mark Gustafson, based off of author Gris Grimly’s dark interpretation of the story that takes place in Italy between World War I and World War II. Though the year-long filming process on the 3D feature doesn’t begin until next summer, del Toro recently revealed a few names that may or may not end up as part of the voice cast. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking at Cannes (via THR), del Toro confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe has approached him “to get involved in the project” and said that Tom Waits is on his wish list. He also said he instantly thought of Christopher Walken when developing the part played by the fox in the story, but the director cautioned that no one has officially signed on to the project just yet. I think Radcliffe would be a fine choice for the titular role, and Waits and Walken both have signature voices that would make interesting additions to del Toro’s twisted adaptation.
Del Toro added that he hopes to have the film finished and ready by 2014. He’s currently towards the beginning of a long post-production process for the live-action monster movie Pacific Rim, and with that film slated to open next July del Toro can then move on to Pinocchio full-time once he wraps press duties.