Sad news for fans of Guillermo Del Toro, Gris Grimly, and the world of stop-motion movie making It appears that the forthcoming PINOCCHIO stop-motion animated film is, at the very least, delayed… indefinitely. This is in part due to the poor performance given by FRANKENWEENIE at the box office (PINOCCHIO’s producers, Allison Abbate and the Jim Henson Company, were involved in making FRANKENWEENIE).
His Tweets have since been removed, but writer Gris Grimly had this to say about the project:
“Short to the point update on Pinocchio for those inquiring: It appears that this is not the right time for such a superior-adventurous flick.”
“There are people like us out there. But they look at numbers. Frankenweenie was a box office failure to them.”
This is difficult news to hear, because Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s vision of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s tale promised to be weird and visually stimulating. Plus, Tom Waits, Christopher Walken, and Ron Perlman had been rumored to ply their voices to the feature.
Sigh. We’ll update you on what happens, but with Del Toro’s massively busy schedule in the next couple years, we may have a long wait for this one.