LATIN HORROR has been keeping an eye on Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated stop-motion animated film ‘Pinocchio’ ever since it first hit the boards back in 2012, which is based on the work of the one and only “mad creator” Griss Grimely, and more recently.
Now our friends over at Stop Motion Magazine have broken the story that Guillermo’s first endeavor into the medium, and first feature film since his Oscar-blessed The Shape of Water, will be produced in both Mexico & United States. According to Stop Motion, the Mexican shop is potentially being set up in Guadalajara. The US-based production will either be in Portland or Los Angeles, depending at which of their two locations animation boutique Shadow Machine decides to mete out the work.
Earlier reports had del Toro musing about working with Laika (Paranorman and Coraline), but there is no current word on that front. We have our fingers crossed. Regardless of where del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ ends up being carved out, the project will be seen at streaming behemoth Netflix, possibly sometime in the fall…
The update is based on a discussion between a StopMotion Nerds rep and Shadow Machine producer Alex Buckley that took place at FICG (Festival International De Cine en Guadalajara). The only Pinocchio related info at Shadow Machine’s site is a re-posted Deadline article from 2018.
Well, at least the project has moved a foot in the right direction. More as added details develop.