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Robert Downey Jr. May Go Looking For His Doll In Tim Burton's PINOCCHIO

Nordling here.

It seems that Tim Burton won't be satisfied until he goes through the entire Disney catalog for something to either remake or re-imagine.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Burton wants to make a retelling of PINOCCHIO with Warner Brothers (not at Disney, interestingly enough), and Robert Downey Jr. would play Gepetto, the lovable inventor who wants a son so badly that he makes a puppet that comes to life.  This new tale would be from the perspective of Gepetto and his adventures trying to find his lost wooden marionette.

The script is supposedly highly regarded at WB - it's written by Bryan Fuller of PUSHING DAISIES - and apparently they want to start quickly, if Burton and Downey can orchestrate their schedules.

If the script is good, this may be worthwhile, but Burton's treading on beloved ground here.  PINOCCHIO is, of course, one of Disney's most highly regarded animated films, and many remakes through the years have come up short.  Guillermo Del Toro was planning on making a stop-motion PINOCCHIO film, and that would have been the adaptation I would have rather seen, and the idea of Gepetto following Pinocchio's footsteps and going through some of his adventures seems a little padded.  I'm interested in the idea of Downey playing Gepetto though, and I'd be very curious to know what he'll do with the character.  

As for Tim Burton, he would be treading familiar ground yet again, and as bad as ALICE IN WONDERLAND turned out (even though it was wildly successful at the box office, the movie bored me silly, and the 3D was awful) there may be something in this story that he can make compelling.  If Tim Burton's going to make his vision of old Disney stories i wonder what his SLEEPING BEAUTY would look like.

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Never gonna top Disney's.

    by Shermdawg

    Truth.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    ugh

    by rebel299

    this will probably be terrible, just as Alice was. i'm usually one who loves quirky stuff and unique set designs, but Burton's schtick has grown old for me.

  • With two giants armies fighting a naval battle against a whale at the end.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton movies....

    by Tony

    suck

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Helena Bonham Carter as Jiminy Cricket

    by rebel299

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Countdown to the casting of Bonham Carter and Depp, starting... NOW!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    I don't think I can forgive Burton for cranking out a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that pretty much probably destroyed my childhood dream of ever seeing a realization of The Great Glass Elevator. Thanks! Jesus, it's only a two-story series. Why couldn't he have made BOTH stories into movies and then moved on to something else?

  • er no,Pinocchio is actually a 1883 children's novel written by Carlo Collodi.Disney adapted it into an animated film and those "remakes" you speak of, are in reality more adaptations NOT remakes.Which also explains why Burton is making the movie with WB and not Disney...jesus h christ... Personally,I dont have any problem making a new Pinocchio movie but what's the point apart from the obvious one which is money? Pinocchio is already a very dark fairy tale and Burton's dark artistic style is not going to contribute anything new to the story apart ofc from his usual visual trademarks and the Geppeto's adventures twist. If i am not mistaken the last live action Pinochio movie was made by Roberto Benigni who also played the title's role and the film was horrendous,simply horrendous.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I liked 'Alice in Wonderland'.

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    So over Burton

    by Prior Walter

    Which is surprising. He used to be my ALL TIME FAVORITE director. I loved loved loved all of his movies. Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Hollow, etc. And then it stopped. I think it was either Sweeney Todd or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that did it. And now I can't stop thinking of him as completely talentless. Does he do ANYTHING original anymore? Alice in Wonderland was horrible. I kind of have some hope for Dark Shadows, but again, completely unoriginal.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Creatively bankrupt

    by Robusto

    Since the awesome 1-2 punch of Batman and Edward Scissorhands. Returns was an interesting failure and a good movie despite being a horrible batman movie. Ed Wood is very good. The rest have either been boring, bad, or pointless. Big Fish and Sleepy Hollow were knocking on goodness door but ultimately soulless. I think Tim Burton falls in love with ideas and preproduction art but the passion falls away by time shooting and postproduction and thats why most things since 1995 have been flat.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton...reaching to the paramount of self parody.

    by fustfick

    Truth be told, I'm looking forward to DARK SHADOWS. Still haven't seen ALICE IN WONDERLAND and, perhaps because of that, I haven't yet written him off. But this sounds like a joke, right? How many remakes or re-imaginings or regurgitations does this make for Tim Burton?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    What the fuck happened to Burton?

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Something inside of him seems to have been shaken loose or something.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton needs to STOP MAKING TIM BURTON MOVIES

    by SmokingRobot

    And just made a good movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Del Toro *was* planning on making a stop motion Pinnochio?

    by D.Vader

    I thought he still *was* planning on making that? What happened? He gave up on yet ANOTHER project he tried dipping his fingers into? What a shocker.

  • Why, that sounds brilliant!

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Burton

    by Robusto

    I dont hate the guy. He single handily pulled us out out the dreck of the late 80's and shit like Superman IV. His Batman1 for its time was amazing. To this day when i smell movie theatre popcorn and close my eyes I see the Batwing flying over a murky Gotham. More opera than realism, less realism than a Batman meets Law and Order style that is popular now. Tim Burton should have stayed in animation or just produced.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Disney's Pinocchio was.....

    by ThaWhiteShadow

    ....so different from the source material that there is pretty much no coorelation between the two. Not that it was a bad movie, mind you. As someone who read the original book I would be interested to see a faithful adaptation, but I would not put it in Burtons hands. :(

  • Sorry Del Toro but that... sounds... incredibly stupid.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    typo

    by ThaWhiteShadow

    Meant "correlation"

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Can Burton please do something original

    by BigTuna

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    According to research...

    by D.Vader

    In the original Pinnochio story, he was swallowed by a "giant dogfish". Del Toro added "... (it) was actually a giant dogfish which allows for more classical scale and design." To me, that sounded like a bad idea, as if somehow a giant dogfish was better for scale than a giant sperm whale. Doesn't make sense to me. They'd be the same. Its a monstrous creature. One's scale isn't better than the other in my opinion. Hence my stupid comment. And I've been drinking. D'oh. Its friday.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Gee, I wonder who he'll get to write the score?

    by Odkin

    The next decision after he casts his wife...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton makes Hot Topic movies.

    by P

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Tell more lies, Pinocchio...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Now who will get to say that line? Maybe his main squeeze? Or some up-and-coming starlet? Enquiring minds need to know!

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Technically, Edward Scissorhands was "Pinnochio".

    by Jarrete Barnett

    I don't know where this constant urge for a "Tim Burton revision" on every fairy tale and cult classic imaginable comes from. I'm at the point where I honestly want to believe that headline is a joke.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Burton

    by Richard

    should remake Snow White, based on Neil Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples" short story...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    only if Roberto Benigni reprises the title role...

    by chaburchak

    ...and Breckin Meyer dubs his voice again. That shit was comedy gold.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Let me re-phrase that...

    by Jarrete Barnett

    Edward Sissorhands was "Pinocchio" (meets "Frankenstein").

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I can hear Elfman raping "When you Wish Upon a Star"

    by conspiracy

    already. Is there any way that a Burton Pinocchio would NOT suck? Helena as the Fairy, Depp doing his usual sticking his tongue out mugging playing Stromboli... Someone pull the plug before it gets too far along...please.

  • wish he was doing mooore original stuff, but fine, i'd like to give my take on a few of those tales myself if i was ever given a good budget.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I love Burton, but he HAS to step away from frigging remakes already

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Remember Beetlejuice? Edward Scissorhands? The Nightmare Before Christmas? I'd love to see more of Burton's unfettered imagination on screen again, instead of a "Burtonized" version of somebody else's brainchild. Granted, Alice In Wonderland is the only Burton movie I've mostly disliked, but jumping into ANOTHER riff on a classic Disney animated film smacks of laziness.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    no mention of FF Coppola's version? With J.T.T.?

    by HornyForHarry

    saw it in the movies.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    So when is he going to do his version of the Wizard of Ozz?

    by Scott

    You know it's coming...

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    This would be the 54th Pinocchio film. Enough already.

    by Meinert Hansen

    54 versions, and how many were remembered? How many were timeless? How many made a profit? If you want to guarantee to lose money at the box office, make Pinocchio.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    How the can you guys not like Sweeney Todd?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Great music, a great cast, funny, bloody, what's not to like? Is it just because it's a musical?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    So long as Deep Roy plays Pinocchio

    by mr_bellamy

    That's all I ask. <p><p> Also, @hornyforharry, Coppola didn't do the JTT version. He did do "Jack", though, which I suppose is close enough. They were both utter shit bombs about a magical boy with a complex.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Jesus Burton how many classics are you gonna fuck up?

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Make a real world movie, like Ed Wood, which of course was your best movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    bleeding cool has script details

    by HornyForHarry

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/06/robert-downey-jr-tim-burton-may-team-up-for-pinocchio-from-pushing-daisies-bryan-fuller/

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Also also, haven't we learned our lesson from "Geppetto"?

    by mr_bellamy

    That is to say, you never make a Pinocchio film without a singing-and-dancing Drew Carey, and Usher as the Pleasure Island ringleader. And of course, the boys must turn into donkeys on a roller coaster.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    The best "adaptation" of "Pinocchio" ...

    by Toe Jam

    Is the book I had as a kid that included photos of puppets acting out the scenes. So even the non-puppet characters from the story were depicted by puppets in the photos. Creepy shit. May have greatly contributed to my ongoing fear of puppets.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Remake the in "Outer Space" one

    by Mace Tofu

    That was the best Pinocchio movie when I was a kid, Disney next and the rest all downhill.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Fuck off Burton

    by Horace Cox

    If you must do remakes, go back and fuck up your own material for a while.

  • I do with that Mr. Burton would go back to making completely original films. He's been stuck in remake mode for way too long now.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Who knows maybe Burton can return to his old form. I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland but it was lacking a story.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton's JAWS

    by la_sith

    Depp as Quint, Helena Bonham as Brody, Jeffrey Jones as Hooper. Make it so.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST

    there's way too much Sleeping Beauties movies as it is

    by chien_sale

    Sleeping Beauty, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, all that reimagined crap.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    it would only be interesting if Downey would play Pinnochio

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    It's weird

    by Samson_K

    When I read this I thought 'fuck another adaptation from Burton' but then I thought that in his career he has only made two or three original concepts as a director. Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, possibly Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (I'm not sure if that counts because it was sort of based on a television show) - everything else has been an adaptation / remake of something else. As a producer he did Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride, Cabin Boy and 9 - so out of his full length filmography he has made 6 original films. To be honest I've been bored of him since Ed Wood - though I did quite like Big Fish. However, I can understand what has happened - he's in his fifties, his ideas and priorities change - every body goes through that to an extent as they get older and he doesn't seem to really have that edge he first had when he was in his late twenties. I don't hate this idea because I won't see it. I do hate the idea that everything that is made from a fairie tale / novel / short story that Dsney adapted is seen as being a remake of a Disney film and I hate that Disney have, since 2004, failed to honour the idea that JM Barrie had of giving St. Ormond Street any of the profits from Peter Pan adaptations (I know that the copywrite has expired but I'm sure Disney can give some money to ill children) So in conclusion - Ed Wood is one of the best films ever made and Disney are cunts! And Tim Burton has found his niche and I have no interest in his work any more

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    It's more about old-man-finger-mouth-rape.

    by Tristan

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Does anyone remember the 80s Paul Reubens Pinnochio TV Movie?

    by Jamie Bixby

    I remember seeing it as a kid and it was a bit creepy, Reubens was spot on as the dummy, as i seem to remember in the scene where Pinoke visits a burlesque strip theatre he got so excited that he went to the back of the theatre and Jacked off. Seriously tho Reubens did play Pinnochio, thought id bring it up coz of his connection to Tim Burton. Also Martin Landau who won the oscar for Ed Wood played Geppeto i believe in some film or other. I know its irelevant but i thought id bring it up.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Christ Burton is fucking lazy

    by Bass Ackwards

    Dredges up old properties to remake so that he can do nothing but rehash his own tired visual palette and stable of "quirky" characters by hanging them on the audience's sense of familiarity and nostalgia. "Its just like you remembered, but "edgy," I'm an artist!"

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Paul Reubens

    by Dollar Bird

    Roger-smith, I believe you're thinking of the "Shelley Duvall's Fairy Tale Theater" Pinocchio episode. Ah, Showtime...

  • no gain or loss from this, other than a bunch of butthurt movie faggots who wouldnt give a shit if it wasnt a news story on AINT IT COOL NEWS DOT COM grow the fuck up.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    and to add.

    by ben

    my post pretty much concerns every fucking topic on here. you faggots thing you run the movie industry, but its been shown time and time again in the box office that NOTHING you all care about means ANYTHING. so not only are you all butthurt, but you are butthurt for no goddamn reason. congratz on being a waste. here's to burton making a very successful pinnochio (and i only mean financially)

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    why is Tim Burton such a lazy repetitive twat?

    by awepittance

    his last few movies make Bigfish look like a fucking masterpiece, and even that thing was hacky. I'll take everything up to and including Ed Wood and that's all thanks, goodbye

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I just watched this movie in my head.

    by buggerbugger

    Yeah, it was a Tim Burton movie. You can already picture it in your head, too, can't you? I bet you can even hum the theme tune without having heard it. It's a Tim Burton movie.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    What's benzabs so butthurt about?

    by buggerbugger

    Guy comes across as some kind of goddamn faggot. Should probably grow the fuck up and not give a shit about news stories on AINT IT COOL NEWS DOT COM.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    I'm calling time on Tim Burton

    by Baron Von Penguin

    The cunt hasn't made a decent flick since Ed Wood. Please stop ruining classics by putting your kooky" spin on them and sticking in appearances by Johnny fucking Depp and Helena MASSIVE FOREHEAD Bonham Carter, its all so fucking dreary at this stage. I like Robert Downey Jr, please don't make me hate him Tim, I beggin ye.

  • ... and directed by Burton, in Life's Too Short. Beyond self parody. Art imitating life imitating art imitating...

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Never quite got into the mindset

    by cushing1967

    Of people who come on here and then post to tell everyone how little respect they have for people who post anything. Always found that strange. Oh, and this will be lazy Burton as opposed to first four or five films Burton

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST

    I bet 50 bucks Depp will do a mo-cap Pinocchio

    by Ricardo

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton just needs to drop dead

    by proevad

    Been sick of him for years, but now he just pisses me off. Shitty director who got lucky once with Ed Wood. Sorry, haven't had my coffee yet.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    It's a wood man's party. Who could ask for more?

    by proevad

  • You can but hope. As much as I love both Burton and Depp - enough of them working together now please.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Burton went from decent to sucking big pasty white balls

    by alienindisguise

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    bryan fuller desrves some dissing too.

    by vulturess

    fuller must be on a hardcore 'how to stay relevant the hollywood studios way' tour of late with what hes doing putting his fingers all over the munsters brand name.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Life's Too Short gag

    by Wormie1

    It was hilarious on Life's Too Short when Depp was shocked that Gervais knew his co-star would be HBC. An obvious gag, but it amused me that Depp was up for it. I haven't written off Burton, but he needs to do an original project some time. And another Batman movie with Keaton, but that's unlikely.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Hate trolling....

    by scrote

    ....but this sounds so fucking vapid. Burton doing his disney-fied schtick and Downey Lord Of The Smug mumbling through another movie. One of the few movies I could stand Downey in was Game 6. Anyone see that? And as other TB-ers have already pointed out; this will have a maudlin score by Elfman and have his wife as probably, I don't know, Gepetto's love interest, with schlong-nose portrayed by the Deppster. Damn my eyes!

  • That's more like Terry Gilliam than Burton. Another very quirky director who started out with some brilliant work, then descended into self parody and hackery.

  • ..."Gepetto is a gay puppeteer whose lover dies and he makes a new one that comes to life nut has a death touch"

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    No more Willy Wanka and the Jack-off Factory stuff. Please.

    by scrote

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Burton & M Night = Most overrated hacks.

    by grendel69

    Both were lucky enough to each squeeze out one great film each though. For Burton , it was Ed Wood, and for M Night, it was Unbreakable. Everything else theyve done has pretty much sucked.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Burton/Depp should team up for the Dr. Strange movie

    by Jamie Bixby

    Seriously i think it would work, the Steve Ditko imagery suits Tim Burtons worlds perfectly and Depp would be a perfect fit as Strange. Ive always thought that Marvel was more suited to Burton than DC was, with its feeling of isolation and the underdog theme etc. How cool would Jack Nicholson be as Dormammu? Haha!

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    ^^^ AAARGHHHH!!!!

    by grendel69

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I second the AAAARGGHHH! grendel69

    by scrote

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    If Burtn did it, it'd have be re-titled Dr. SlightlyNormal

    by scrote

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Ummm...M. Night made two great movies.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Unbreakeable and the 6th Sense.

  • Asa Butterfield can play Pinocchio himself. There, I've cast this movie. Where's my check, Hollywood?

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Ummm...no. The Sixth Sense sucked.

    by grendel69

    Saw "the twist" a mile away. Its forced and badly directed. The characters are one dimensional and the pace is a plodding bore - which is really saying something, because its a criticism thats coming from a guy who loves slow paced movies that take their time to develop. Almost feels like a first draft. If N Might want a massive egomaniac and got help fleshing out the script, it could have turned out better. Most directors are egomaniacs and often pretentious, but the man thinks way too much of himself.

  • Writes itself! Fantastic! They have my money already. How bought that whale scene?! It'll be just like baron munchaussen only with digital effects instead of really good practical effects that don't hold up because digital water is better on miniatures. I can't wait for the kids turning into donkeys with Rick Baker donkey prosthetics. They can get what's his face from John dies at the end to play the carnival guy. Olivia Wilde Cockburn can be the blue fairy. Well I'm off to write my mom about this.

  • Wrong. And stuff.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    If Johnny Depp is cast as Pinocchio

    by Jarrete Barnett

    I will literally laugh out loud. Hard.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The least they do is cast an ACTUAL little boy

    by Jarrete Barnett

    and not a middle-aged "A-lister".

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Barf

    by Tera Sanders

    Worst. Director. Ever.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I really miss the Betelgeuse-era Burton

    by Logan_1973

    These adaptations are really getting old.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    So RDJ has already done blackface, now he has to do whiteface.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton is aces....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...when he's making smaller, quirkier dramas, think Ed Wood and Big Fish. He shines as a wonderful filmmaker. But when he's in 'big-budget studio tentpole' mode he can be truly terrible.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Actually agree with Grendel69 for the most part--

    by chifforobe

    'Ed Wood' and 'Unbreakable' are the best movies those guys have done, though of course not big commercial successes. Always the way. However, I did really love pre-Sleepy Hollow Burton in general. Some were better than others, but they all seemed sincere and idiosyncratic. However I completely agree that everything since and including 'Sleepy Hollow' have looked very much like someone trying too hard to make 'Tim Burton movies.' I have to add that I did enjoy 'Corpse Bride' more than 'Nightmare Before Christmas' (I know the latter wasn't directed by Burton)-- and I have to admit I've let allowed myself some measured hope for 'Frankenweenie.' But 'Pinocchio' sounds like just another by-the-book quasi-Burton effort.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I blame his 'Alice' for this.

    by Orbots Commander

    That mediocre movie made a Bajillion Dollars around the world, and now everything has to be scaled up into an epic-LOTR-style-fantasy-adventure, with huge clashing armies, even when it doesn't warrant it.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I remember a quote by Burton during the shooting of 'Sleepy Hollow'

    by chifforobe

    He said something like, "I'm trying very hard not to turn into Ed Wood." I think that's what happened; channeled the spirit of the lord of hacks, and it's possessed him. He should just embrace it, and make silly things like Mars Attacks-- instead of trying to pretend he's the same guy who made 'Edward Scissorhands.'

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Does Gepetto get to take a few people down?

    by krabklaw

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Tim Burtons Predator movie..

    by cameron

    Johnny Depp is Dutch, Helena Bonham Carter is the Predator, Winona Ryder is Dillan, and Jeffery Jones is Billie...no news on the rumour that Pee Wee Herman will play the 'goddam sexual Tyranassaurs' Blane....We can only hope.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Tim Burtons Transformers Movie....

    by cameron

    ....Would proably not be as shit as Bays come to think of it.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Adrian Brody should play Pinocchio

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    seriously...he has the nose for it.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    What twist?

    by scrote

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    this might be good

    by Simon Jr.

    abd im new here BTW

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Scrote-They found Oliver Twist in the 6th Sense

    by XxSoulFlyxX

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Burton's already ruined Apes, Wonka and Alice.. now Pinocchio!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Fairly certain Dark Shadows is going to be a disgrace as well. Although I liked his Batman (at least the first film), Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd, Burton should stick to doing original works and leave everybody's childhoods intact. Anyway it's all been downhill since Pee Wee, let there never be any doubt about that! And as far as Pinocchio revisions go, I'll stick with A.I.!

  • I can already picture the stop-motion, black-and-white stripped t-rex (think the Beetlejuice sandworm, but with legs). Every character in black leather, not just Malcolm and, of course, guyliner.

  • Its "cool" and "hip" to hate on Burton. But the fact remains, he's one of the few people on Earth who continually makes movies that don't look and feel like everything else. I don't like all of his movies, but how many directors who have made the number of films he's made are batting 1000? A majority of his films are, at the very least, entertaining and visually interesting. Which is more than I can say for at least 70% of EVERYTHING that makes it to a theater. <p> The only real problem I have with his Alice is the end battle. It's over in a rush, which makes it feel anti-climatic.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Who here thinks Tim Burton is relevant anymore?

    by Ironhelix

    I for one would like to see him abandon his tired "vison" and just make a regular movie that isn't trying to be artsy for the sake of being artsy. He's not a bad director, but his style is just totally stale now.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Roberto Benigni officially killed the Pinocchio saga.

    by Meinert Hansen

    Not just killed it, but made one of the worst films of all time. Perhaps he meant to do it, to make sure that no one else would dare revive a story that only succeeded once on cinematic history. There should be a documentary called "The Pinoccio Curse" to trace the history of the 52 Pinocchio films that failed at the box office. Not just failed, but several companies went out of business because of their Pinocchio fiascos. One right in my hometown a few years ago. Disney succeeded and that's it. Now Burton thinks his can break the failure streak?

  • And have Pinocchio commit suicide in the end?

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Del Toro picked Pacific Rim

    by shane peterson

    instead. Can't wait for ILM's giant robots and monsters.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    @xxsoulflyxx

    by scrote

    Please Bruce, Can I Have Some Gore

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Huge Burton fan but Chocolate Factory really angered me

    by Autodidact

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is among my favourite books from childhood. Burton's adaptation starts out okay in the first few minutes, then starts to get worse and worse until you can't even stand to look at it or listen to it for the last few minutes. I will actively avoid ever watching it again. It's hard to criticize anything he did before Sleepy Hollow. MARS ATTACKS has a lot of bad crap and a terrible 3rd act, but the overall package is so cool that you have to give Burton credit for making it. I need to get a blu-ray of it. Sleepy Hollow was such a disappointment although it pretty much rocked any time the horseman was on screen. It was scary and nasty and violent in those scenes. So I was disappointed but thought he still had potential. Planet of the Apes was just completely boring and stupid from end to end, and really showed how terrible Burton can be with action. Big Fish was okay but not memorable. Then Chocolate Factory came out, and yeah... I guess the entire 2000s output of Tim Burton pretty much sucked. ALICE was okay because the visuals were so awesome, but turning it into an action movie is also offensive.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    v3d

    by Bass Ackwards

    There's a lot of twisted shit in the original, (things I remember, Pinnochio losing bis feet, Pinnochio biting off a cats leg, Pinnochio selling out his puppet sister to be firewood, Pinnochio's friend being turned into a donkey, and then the donkey being over-worked on a farm until it died), but I'm pretty sure there's no Pinnochio suicide. I remember it having a basically happy ever after ending (didn't the fairy even end up even marrying gepeto?).

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Good thing RD,jr isn't playing Pinocchio.

    by Kabrix

    I have a feeling he'd be rather wooden.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is Pinocchio and Helena Bonham Carter is Jimminy Cricket.

    by SirGaryColeman

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Isn't there a gris grimly inspired remake shooting?

    by oregontrail

    The children's book illustrator gris grimly was co-directing a production, i believe stop motion. Isn't that still being made?

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    downey wants some of that depp money!

    by antonphd

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Downey and Depp are pretty interchangeable.

    by Mugato5150

    Well interchangeable isn't quite right. They're both talented actors who star in goofy roles and if someone like Tim Burton cast one over the other, I probably wouldn't feel one way or the other about it.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Burton hasn't done much interesting since Corpse... Bride

    by beastie

    ... I'm with most of you. He's in a giant rut.vHe should use this giant rut to play with stuff Hollywood is gonna churn out anyway: Priates of the Carribean or Wicked.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    fuck u tim burton u fuckin bitch

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    lets see- batman, mars attacks, sleepy hollow, planet of the apes, (superman), charlie & the chocolate factory, alice in wonderland, dark shadows, pinocchio. HEY DICKHEAD y dont u try coming up with something new instead of FUCKING UP pre-existing properties ASSHOLE?!!! MORON!!! whats up next- ur stupid retarded-ass 'spin' on fantasy island or maybe robinson crusoe??? ur fuckn tired man

  • Tim Burton jumped the shark about seven years ago. Johnny Depp is not far behind his own shark jump at this point. The last films of Burton's that I really enjoyed were Sleepy Hollow and Big Fish. Sleepy Hollow because it had a nice old school period horror film vibe and atmosphere, as well as Christina Ricci's ample bosom. The Depp-less Big Fish actually felt like it could have been directed by someone other than Tim Burton. It actually felt like he was starting to show some range again, but then he went back to the old Tim Burton formula. Oh, and Burton's The Planet of the Apes remake felt like one of the least Burton-esque of his more recent batch of films. Too bad the script and deer-in-headlights performance of Mark Wahlberg ruined it. The make-up and some of the supporting performances (Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth specifically) are the only elements of that film that make it worth watching when I come across it on TV. If they had a better lead and a script without the silly and pointless twist ending, it might have been something good. Actually, Burton's Apes remake might have been the one Burton/Depp collaboration where Depp could have played a more traditional action/adventure hero lead role. Oh well, it seems people are pleased with that new Rise of the Planet of the Apes now, so who cares at this point? The original The Planet of the Apes starring Charleton Heston and written by Rod Serling can't and probably won't ever be topped by any of the Apes sequels or prequels anyways.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8 p.m. CST

    Disney doesn't fucking own Pinocchio, it's a book from 1883

    by Wookie_Weed

    Why the fuck would Burton have to bow to Disney? They don't own the original book by Carlo Collodi.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Downey's Sherlock is Jack Sparrow

    by Wookie_Weed

    Watch Sherlock Holmes and Pirates together. Yep, Downey is trying to be Jack Sparrow. Someone, please, make a proper Holmes movie!

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Pinocchio Episode on Once Upon A Time was best so far..

    by GBH

    to me at least.. I do wonder what a Disney alternate project would be like. and yes how many projects has GDT given up on?

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton's Raping of Another Franchise

    by Mel

    Part 5

  • A.I.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Jay Baruchel as Pinocchio.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    If you want a proper Holmes movie

    by Sardonic

    Just watch the BBC one. It's modern times, yet 100% more faithful than the Sherlock-as-super-action-hero. And the second season is literally airing right now.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    FUCK THIS SHIT !!!!

    by KilliK

  • ...other than MAYBE Planet of the Apes (and he did rape that one, although nobody else had touched it for many years prior).

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Tim's career - 5 original films Vs. 11 adaptations.

    by JuanSanchez

  • and then his dick can grow every time he swindles a fan out of $$$

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Originality

    by thomskis

    Big Fish Burton's best film by miles. Easy to write him off as creatively bankrupt now but he is merely another victim of the recession, with no studio having the balls to run with an original idea.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    This show would have worked if it was stop-animation.

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The Best thing that happens is......

    by Brian

    ....that all of you just got......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............coxxed!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Can't Burton think of an original idea anymore?

    by billcom6

    Seriously, he is a joke.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Having a kid must really fuck up your creative side.

    by Brannagins Law

  • If he's gonna keep retelling the classics that Disney retold already the least he could do is give it to us in a way we know he won't disappoint us with.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    BIG FISH SUCKED

    by Koschei

    it was boring

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    by thomskis

    You suck. Step away from the game-box, get an attention span, then watch it again, you soulless goon :-P

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Alice In Wonderland was great

    by grievenom

    One of my top 3 favorite TB movies.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    "Alice" is excruciating

    by MisterManReturns

    ...and that damn "dance" near the end, made my eyes bleed.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    The hype over the recent BBC "Sherlock"

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    was deserved, for the first episode, but the second two, particularly the second with the pulp-y Orientalism, severely dropped the ball. I haven't seen the second season yet, but hopefully they got the groove from the origin back.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Burton is using a different actor

    by D o o d

    maybe he can also adapt his style to be a little bit out of his box. Kind of tired of his gothic look!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The last good Burton flick was BIG FISH

    by slone13

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Sad, but I don't care

    by Kremzeek

    Why am I posting then? Because, let's face it, deep down I care. And why? Because I was a Burton fan from back in the 80s. And with each new film he announced, I'd get super pumped (and usually show up on opening day). Now? When I hear Tim Burton is making a new film, my first thought is "no thanks, it'll most likely suck". That makes me sad. And that's why I care enough to post. Mr. Burton... c'mon! No more "re-ruinings" of things. Do something original again. Where's your new Pee-Wee? Where's your new Batman? Where's your new Ed Wood? Are we to be forever trapped in a world where the almighty Tim Burton is reduced to a Michael Bay? /sadface

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    And nobody better touch Disney's Sleeping Beauty film EVER

    by Kremzeek

    Retell it how you want to, sure. But if anyone ever decides to do a straight-up remake of DISNEY's version, I will move to Hollywood so I can track down all the people involved and destroy them. If we get people making a NuMaleficent, we might as well remake Godfather, Citizen Kane, and MGM's Wizard of Oz while were at it too. How about a direct remake of Kubrick's 2001? How about remaking Scott's Alien? Might as well ruin EVERY movie under the sun, right? Sorry, but I don't want to see Burton or anyone else's take on a remade Disney Sleeping Beauty - EVER. It's one of the few perfect films and it should be left alone.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Is this a remake of the Drew Carey tv movie GEPETTO?

    by Bungion Boy

    Because that would be great. Fucking Burton. Is he just making all of these terrible movies to make Planet of the Apes look better by comparison, because it's working.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    YAAAAAAWWN! Wake me up when Burton gets creative again.

    by Onin Solstice

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