Robert Zemeckis Circles Disney's 'Pinocchio' Remake
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The 'Forrest Gump' director is reportedly in talks to take the directing role of the new live-action version of Carlo Collodi's tale after Paul King stepped down from the project.

AceShowbiz - "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to take on Disney's "Pinocchio (2019)" revamp following the departures of Sam Mendes and Paul King from the project.

The filmmaker is circling an ambitious new live-action version of the animated adaptation of Carlo Collodi's tale about a puppet boy, and if he signs on, he'll replace King, who stepped down at the beginning of the year.

Tom Hanks was in talks to portray Pinocchio's carpenter creator Geppetto in the project, but it is unclear if the project is moving forward with the Oscar winner.

The live-action movie is not the only Pinocchio project in the works - Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Netflix bosses to make his animated feature film directing debut with a revamped version of the story.

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