It looks and though Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis will be working together for a fourth time, as the live action take on Pinocchio moves forward.

Tom Hanks is reportedly in early talks with Disney to play the twinkly-eyed woodcarver, Geppetto, in their latest live-action reimagining of an animated classic, Pinocchio. The project is set to be directed by Robert Zemeckis and would mark the fourth time the duo have collaborated, following stellar work on Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Polar Express. 

As far as a triumvirate of films go, that’s a pretty impressive trio, especially when you consider that Hanks attracted Oscar attention for the two live action films, winning of course for Forrest Gump. (He also snatched the Film Stories Award for 2004’s Best CGI Santa Claus in The Polar Express, which is arguably more prestigious).

Whilst Disney’s live-action reimagined versions of its animated classics have done exceedingly well at the box-office, critical response has been less gushing over the course of the last few films, such as Dumbo and The Lion King. By reuniting Zemeckis and Hanks, perhaps Disney is aiming to alchemise the success that the two collaborators have generated together thus far in their careers.

Hanks is in negotiations to play Geppetto, the elderly woodcarver who creates Pinocchio. On paper, it sounds like brilliant casting and Hanks certainly has the twinkly eyes. More news on this project as we have it.

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