A Tale of Two Pinocchios- Tom Hanks to Play Disney's Geppetto

We're getting two Pinocchios. One, from Netflix and Guillermo del Toro, will be a stop-motion version, and one from Disney proper, which is apparently eyeing Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks to play Geppetto in a live-action presentation.

A Tale of Two Pinocchios- Tom Hanks to Play Disney's Geppetto

Obviously this isn't the first time we've gotten tales about the same subject matter from differing studios- A Bug's Life vs ANTZ, anyone?

But at least in this example, the two versions will be drastically different. Del Toro's vision of stop-motion with his signature darker tone, ought to be fantastic.

A Tale of Two Pinocchios- Tom Hanks to Play Disney's Geppetto
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Pinocchio becomes the most recent classic Disney animated property planned for a "live-action" adaptation, joining the already-released Kenneth Branagh CinderellaGuy Ritchie's upcoming AladdinJon Favreau's The Jungle Book, and his upcoming version of The Lion King, as well as the multiple planned films for Disney's streaming service, Disney+.

Hanks has entered into early negotiations for the Disney role multiple sources report, and we'll of course let you know when any additional information about the film comes to light.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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