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The universe has really been bending to Robert Downey Jr.'s will as of late. After making a ridiculous amount of money overseas, Iron Man 3 is set to debut in the United States this weekend where it's predicted to make a lot more, and now we're learning that the star has found his ideal director for his next project.
Deadline is reporting that last month at CinemaCon Downey mentioned that he was interested in having Ben Stiller take over for Tim Burton as the director of his upcoming live-action version of Pinocchio, and now it looks as though the star may be getting his wish. According to the site, Stiller has been having discussions with Warner Bros. about the film, though no formal negotiations have begun. Should he end up doing the movie, it will be the second time that Stiller and Downey have worked together, previously collaborating on Tropic Thunder.
The project is currently looking for a new writer, as Downey - who is serving as a producer on the movie - wants to take the picture in a different direction than the one that was planned with Burton attached. The Iron Man star is attached to play Geppetto, Pinocchio's creator.
Not only does the existence of Tropic Thunder prove that Stiller and Downey definitely need to work together again, I can fully understand why anyone would want Stiller directing their movie right now. The footage from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that was shown at CinemaCon in April was absolutely breathtaking, and the movie looks like it will be a big contender in this year's Oscar race. Pinocchio would certainly be an interesting project to tackle afterward.