Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio movie is no longer moving forward. The acclaimed filmmaker originally announced plans to develop a 3D, stop-motion animated Pinocchio film in 2008, based on Carlo Collodi’s famed 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio. The idea was to tell a much darker version of Collodi’s iconic story and not directly adapt the novel nor paint a rosier picture as Disney’s 1940 animated film had previously done.

Del Toro’s project has been in various stages of development over the past decade, with the filmmaker at one point partnering with the Jim Henson Company to produce the film. In 2012, del Toro agreed to co-direct the movie alongside Mark ...

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Movie Is ‘Not Happening’