Do we really need another movie version of Pinocchio? Well, I don’t think it’s about necessity. While Disney’s animated version is a stone-cold classic and Luigi Comencini’s Italian TV mini series is pretty much essential too, there will always be room for one more on top if the work is well turned and the artists have found their own way in to the story.
A couple of years back, Tim Burton became attached to direct a movie based on a new, excitingly fresh Pinocchio script by Pushing Daises and Hannibal writer Bryan Fuller. At the time I singled out one climactic scene as indication of how Fuller had created new material for the story, and memorable stuff at that.