Guillermo del Toro may still be on the interview circuit for “Nightmare Alley,” but that isn’t stopping outlets from looking toward the future and his fabled “Pinocchio” project. When speaking about the upcoming movie, he drew parallels between the film and his recently-released “Nightmare Alley,” which may come across as strange and exciting if you’ve seen the director’s other works.
As he explained, “[Nightmare Alley and Pinocchio] do have parallels. Obviously, Pinocchio has a big section in a carnival, and there’s strange little echoes between the two. And Pinocchio deals with a different thematic. Pinocchio is about what makes a human a human, and what makes a human a puppet, or a puppet a human.” While those themes are on par with what we’ve seen so far out of “Pinocchio” adaptations, del Toro was quick to assure his film would be substantially different.
He goes on to say, “It’s set during the rise of Mussolini in fascist Italy, so it’s a really interesting thematic exercise, that one.” Del Toro’s “Pinocchio” doesn’t currently have a release date, but with that kind of description, it can’t get here soon enough.