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Disney is currently courting Paul King, champion director of The Mighty Boosh, two Paddington movies, and Bunny & The Bull, to take charge of their new, largely live-action Pinocchio remake.
King has certainly got an aptitude for integrating childlike CG leads into sometimes whimsical, rich and multi-layered worlds, so I can see why they studio would be so keen. Beyond that, however, King is a witty and imaginative storyteller with real skill in honing nicely-shaped, smart and compelling narratives. That's the really important bit. Especially when it comes to making a film that could live up to, or at least stand respectably alongside, the original Disney Pinocchio. What a truly astonishing piece of film craft it is.
The trade press reports that King is in 'negotiations' to make the new Pinocchio film,