Paul Thomas Anderson is teaming up with Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. to pen Downey’s long-gestating screenplay for, of all things, a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the exclusive earlier today, in what will certainly be the strangest movie-related news of July 1, 2015. Downey and PTA have been close to working with one another a few times in the past, with Downey almost taking the lead role in Inherent Vice before he had to back out, giving way to Joaquin Phoenix.
As of now, PTA is merely writing a draft of Downey’s Pinocchio screenplay, which he has been tweaking for many years. However, the report indicates Anderson is being eyed to direct the adaptation. I say, why not?
A Pinocchio film from Paul Thomas Anderson, maybe even starring Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto, would be deliciously offbeat and strange for sure. And it would go a long way to erasing Robert Benigni’s attempt at a live-action Pinocchio from our collective consciousness.