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X-Men: First Class Writer Jane Goldman To Script Tim Burton's Pinocchio

Jane Goldman hasn't been writing for the movies long, but she has one seriously positive streak going. Beginning in 2007 with Matthew Vaughn's Stardust, she has since written Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class and The Woman in Black, all of which have received largely positive critical response. So when she gets assigned a new project it means it could be one to look forward to. We'll have to see if that holds true for her latest.

THR says that Goldman is now in talks with Warner Bros. for an upcoming adaptation of Pinocchio. While no contracts have been signed just yet, it's looking as though the film will be directed by Tim Burton and star Robert Downey Jr. The new spin on the classic story will not focus on the titular wooden doll, but instead will see the story from the eyes of Geppetto, Pinocchio's creator/father. When his toy/son goes mission he "embarks on a quest to reunite with his marionette." Bryan Fuller, who is best known for his work on television, creating shows like Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, wrote the first draft.

Given how uniform Tim Burton movies have become in recent years it will be interesting to see how Goldman's style clashes with the director's. Should make for interesting results. And while Pinocchio is likely still a few years away, Goldman's work will next been seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is getting set for production early in 2013 and will be in theaters July18, 2014.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.