Robert Zemeckis to Direct Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Remake

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In news that shows just how committed Disney is to remaking everything…it’s been announced that Robert Zemeckis will be directing and co-writing the live-action remake of Pinocchio.

Zemeckis will be directing and co-writing the upcoming remake along with Chris Weitz according to Deadline. There’s no hint as to when we’ll see Pinocchio in theaters, though Disney has a number of slots available in the next few years.

Oh Disney, Disney, Disney…

I don’t know why I feel any surprise about news like this anymore, as Disney has now been remaking their animated classics for more than a few years. I wouldn’t mind nearly as much if they remade the animated films that didn’t do so well (Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire come to mind), but come on, Pinocchio? That film is a classic and a treasure, it doesn’t need a remake or even an update for that matter.

Right, let’s focus on the one positive here: Robert Zemeckis is a director with a pretty solid reputation (he directed the Back to the Future trilogy, among other projects). This mean there’s a reasonable chance that Pinocchio will be, at minimum, a decent film. However-and I can’t say this often enough given the news about the Bambi remake yesterday-this remake is completely unnecessary. No one asked for it, no one wants it, there is no possible way the remake can improve on the original. And yet, I’m sure Disney will come up with something slightly above mediocre that will still make a billion dollars at the box office.

I wish , more than anything, that Disney was not hell-bent on this path of remaking everything. But I suppose as long as they keep making a billion dollars or more per film, that we’ll just have to live with it.

But I certainly don’t have to like it.