Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut.

Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio-2013-movie-posters/”>Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy.

He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country.

Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall.

Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single

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