Don’t panic. You’re not dreaming. We officially have two Pinocchio movies coming this year. One is a live-action movie starring Tom Hanks coming to Disney+ this September, while the other is a dark-take on the popular children story from the mind of Guillermo del Toro. The latter will debut on Netflix this December.
Expectedly, the story will center around a wooden puppet brought to life by a magic wish and embarks on an epic journey to try to transform himself into a real boy, but it’s expected to be darker than any other iteration we’ve ever seen. Coming from del Toro, who’s responsible for many standout horror movies in recent cinematic history, it’s no surprise.
Pinocchio stars McGregor, who voices Sebastian J. Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, Greggory Mann as Pinocchio, Christoph Waltz as Count Volpe, Tilda Swinton as the Fairy with Turquoise Hair, Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick, and Ron Perlman as Podestà, to mention but a few.
Both Netflix and Disney+’s Pinocchio movies are inspired by the original 1883 character that was first featured in a French children’s novel.