One of Hollywood’s busiest directors is adding another title to his to-do list: Guillermo del Toro is set to co-direct Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a 3D stop-motion animated tale produced by The Jim Henson Company, as first reported by Variety. Sharing directing duties with Mark Gustafson (the animation director for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Del Toro will make his animated film debut with this new version of the Carlo Collodi tale, which was adapted into the 1940 Disney classic.
Scripted by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins, and Gris Grimly, the film will follow the legendary wooden puppet through a series of adventures in Italy between World War I and World War II. Del Toro told Variety no actors have been cast yet, but that he is considering Tom Waits as Pinocchio’s father and Donald Sutherland as a fox. (No relation to Mr. Fox, we assume.)
Del Toro is currently at work no fewer than 14 projects, including the sci-fi monster movie Pacific Rim and the animated production Day of the Dead. He plans to begin shooting Pinocchio in the summer of 2013.