Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Netflix Hiring Guillermo del Toro to Make ‘Pinocchio’ Isn’t About Kids—It’s About Oscars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Netflix Hiring Guillermo del Toro to Make ‘Pinocchio’ Isn’t About Kids—It’s About Oscars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

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Netflix knows exactly what it’s doing hiring the master of macabre to tell the story of everyone’s favorite puppet-turned-boy.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Netflix knows exactly what it’s doing hiring the master of macabre to tell the story of everyone’s favorite puppet-turned-boy.

Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

In a piece of news no one was expecting to read Monday morning, Netflix announced that it’s working on a reboot of the classic children’s tale Pinocchio. OK, maybe that part wasn’t entirely unforeseen. The story of a wooden puppet boy come to life is widely beloved—of course Netflix would want to make a movie of it. What was needle-scratch surprising was who they’d hired to do it: Guillermo del Toro, the man with a master key to the nightmare factory.

Del Toro is a master of the macabre; his films are all wonderfully crafted things of beauty. They’re also very much not kids’ stuff, unless sex with fish-men is something you want your kids to learn about at a young age. GDT has always been a kid at heart (look no further than the Rock-‘Em-Sock-‘Em-Robots action of Pacific Rim for proof of that), but look at the director’s filmography and there’s nary a children’s film to be found. So by hiring him to make a Pinocchio film, Netflix is showing that its children’s movies won’t just be for children.

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