Guillermo Del Toro to direct Pinocchio

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Director Wes Anderson makes his first full-length foray into stop-motion animation for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, a fantasy adventure film adapted from Roald Dahl's classic children's book. The plot is familiar for Western-themed stories, as it involves an outlaw who tries to change his ways with the love of a good woman and the support of family and community. However he can't fight the lure of slipping back into his old penchant for stealing and killing, proving that you can't tame that which is meant to be wild and free.
May 11th, 2012

Guillermo Del Toro is set to co-direct a stop-motion version of 'Pinocchio'.

The Mexican-born director has been creating the project for some time, first announcing his involvement in 2008, but has now confirmed he will be working alongside Mark Gustaferson - best known for his work on 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' - to helm the picture.

He told Variety: ''Little by little, I realised that I should direct.''

The story will be set in Italy between World War I and World War II, with Del Toro saying: ''It was when everyone was behaving like a puppet, except for puppets.''

Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company - which is housing the project, added: ''Guillermo has been so passionate about this project from its inception and it is an honour to have him bring his unique blend of live action and animation experience to this well-loved story.''

The character of Pinocchio first came to prominence in a 19th century book but is best known for the 1940 animated movie of the same name.

The story tells the tale of a puppet who wants to become a real boy and finds his nose grows every time he tells a lie.