Warner Bros is working on a live-action Pinocchio movie, which they’ve hired Bryan Fuller to write. As a creator of fantastical yet real worlds with characters that challenge the perception of normality, Fuller would probably write a magical and captivating version of the story about the puppet who just wants to be a real boy.
Bryan Fuller is well known for the shows he has created. He was the creator of Showtime series Dead Like Me, although his involvement with the show was short lived. Fuller was still the one to introduce us to the recently dead George Lass who had to learn to deal with the fact that not only did reapers walk amongst us collecting souls – but that she was one of them, and reapers have unknown quotas. Fuller also created Wonderfalls, which introduced Jaye Tyler. Jaye is an over-educated underachiever in a family of over-achievers in Niagara Falls, New York. Jaye also talks to inanimate objects with animal faces and does the things that they tell her do. Unfortunately, the show was canceled rather quickly. Most recently, Fuller was behind Pushing Daisies, the show about the pie-maker who could touch dead things and bring them back to life, including his childhood sweetheart. This show in particular mixed present times with the fifties and sixties, giving Pushing Daisies an interesting look, and a wholesomeness in a county that seems to have more than it’s fair share of murders, giving it an odd feel. Like the rest of his brilliance, it was canceled.
However, Fuller never failed to captivate his fans. The people who loved his shows loved them – I have never heard the sentence, “Wonderfalls was only okay,” for example. He has mastered the suspension of disbelief – for an hour a week he’s had us believing the dead walk among us, girls can talk to things with animal faces, and it’s way easier to solve a murder if you can talk to the victim for a minute. Pinocchio in itself is a magical and fantastical story that asks us to put aside our conceptions about puppets and magic and believe that marionette would go on an adventure and want to be a real boy. When thinking of a short list of writers who can do that, it only makes sense to go with one who has proven time after time that he can do this well. Fuller’s canceled shows have nothing to do with the quality of the shows themselves, but rather their inability to attract a mainstream audience. Pinocchio has a ready made audience – generations of people are familiar with the young puppet.
As a fan of both Bryan Fuller and Pinocchio, I’m already excited to see what will happen with the town of Catchfools. This is the town where fools are punished for their foolish behavior. I remember it best in the animated movie for being my favorite moral message – if you act like a jackass, you will become one. Fuller will no doubt have his own unique twist on what happens in the town of Catchfools, and I’m already on the edge of my seat in anticipation. My only worry is if the film gets taken in a completely different direction – I’ve seen Pinocchio in Outer Space. We don’t need a remake of that. Ever.
Bryan Fuller writing Pinocchio may be the best thing to happen to the Pinocchio franchise. Live-action versions have been attempted before, but they never end up going over well. Fuller has a rich history of suspending disbelief as he introduces people to magical, whimsical, fantastical yet somehow very real worlds, which is exactly the kind of story telling Pinocchio needs to be a success.
Cynthia A. Almanzar, “Bryan Fuller to Write Live Action ‘Pinocchio'”. The Celebrity Cafe
“Dead Like Me”. IMDB
“Pushing Daisies”. IMDB
“Pinocchio in Outer Space”. IMDB