Robert Zemeckis to Direct Live-Action “Pinocchio”

Robert Zemeckis is going back to his family-friendly films’ roots. 

Multiple outlets report that the prolific director behind films such as Back to the Future is eyeing his next project, and it looks like Disney’s live-action Pinocchio could be it. 

Zemeckis is in early talks to direct the film, and should he join the project, he is set to take over from Paddington director, Paul King, who had originally been tapped to direct but exited the project at the beginning of the year.

Chris Weitz is also penning the live-action adaptation of the 1940 Disney classic about a living wooden puppet who must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. He will produce with Andrew Miano through their Depth of Field banner. David Heyman was also originally on board to produce but is also no longer involved with the project.

Pinocchio has officially entered Disney’s pipeline of film to be given the live-action adaptation treatment.