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Guillermo Del Toro Says Pinocchio Film Is Not Going To Happen

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Legendary director Guillermo del Toro is a man who’s always on the go. On any given day, You’ll find him linked to half a dozen films and television series. Some are real, others merely speculation. His Pinocchio passion project was one of those real films that just needed a big enough budget to get off the ground. According to IndieWire, $35 million to be exact. A large sum, but not unreasonable for your typical Hollywood film.

In a recent interview we had with del Toro discussing the upcoming season of Trollhunters on Netflix, he confirmed the sad truth that his darker version of the little wooden boy won’t be coming to a cinema near you.

“It’s not happening,” del Toro said, adding, “But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time to discuss the idea of being a puppet or being a human, but you know, it’s not in progress.”

This reveal also comes after the news that he will be taking a year off after The Shape of Water comes out, which is already garnering high praise.

A piece of concept art for GDT’s Pinocchio film

“I’m 53, I want to not know what I’m doing next, it’s like a privilege,” del Toro said. “That’s why I’m taking the year off, as a director to really think about what I’m doing next. All of those projects, some of them happen and some of them don’t. The natural state of a movie is not to happen. That’s the reality.”

Knowing that del Toro is going to be off the directorial radar for the next year is hard to hear, but if anyone’s deserving of a little time off to gather his thoughts, it’s him.

Watching a non-Disney version of Pinocchio from a director as talented as del Toro would have been fascinating to see. What do you think about del Toro’s cancelled Pinocchio project, and what would you like to see him do when he gets back?

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today

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Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron Comedy Flarsky Delayed Four Months To Open In Summer

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Lionsgate are feeling confident about their forthcoming comedy Flarsky.

The film, which stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, recently scored highly in test screenings, with a majority of audience members giving it scores about 95%, and as such the studio now feel the feature can perform amongst the big boys in the Summer blockbuster season.

Flarsky will follow down-on-his-luck journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) who – following a series of ludicrous circumstances – catches the eye of the most powerful woman in the world, Charlotte Field (Theron). From there, Flarsky becomes a confidante and an integral member of her inner circle, as Field works her way towards the US Presidency.

The project had been slated for a February 8th 2019 release date, but following the positive test screenings Lionsgate have pushed the film back to the 7th of July – for some perspective, that’s the same weekend Ocean’s 8 opened this year.

Flarsky has been directed by Jonathan Levine, and also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Andy Serkis, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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PETA Demands Boycott Of Alpha Following Animal Deaths Allegations

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PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have called for a boycott of Sony Pictures’ upcoming historical family-adventure Alpha, after five bison were supposedly killed for the film’s shooting.

“Five sensitive bison lost their lives, all so that their bodies could be used as props in this wholly forgettable flick,” PETA’s Senior Vice-President Lisa Lange said in a statement, “PETA is calling on the public to show Hollywood that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated by refusing to buy a ticket to Alpha.”

The bison carcasses were used as props in the aftermath of a pivotal hunting scene in the film, which is set 20,000 years ago – shortly after the last Ice Age – and tells an origin tale for man’s partnership with dogs.

The deaths of the bison were uncovered after a 2016 investigation by the Hollywood Reporter which found that animal wrangler John Scott, who was supposedly overseen by the American Humane Association, had contacted the Longview Beef Jerky company in order to purchase the bodies of animals they had themselves killed. However, as this would then reasonably make the film’s production responsible for the creature’s deaths it would also subsequently breach the AHA’s code of conduct for filmmaking.

Alpha will not carry a tag in its credits that reads “No animals were harmed during the making of this film”, and is due for release on the 24th of August, rated 12A. It stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Maithe, and Leonor Varnela, and was directed by Albert Hughes.

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