Tom Hanks in talks to play Gepetto in a live-action remake of Pinocchio

Cape Town – Tom Hanks is set to play a puppet master. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter the Academy award winner is in early talks to play Gepetto in Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio.

Paddington director Paul King will helm the film. 

The original film released in 1940 and centres on an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio.

The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be "brave, truthful, and unselfish".

Although it went on to win Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song it was a box office disaster. It was reissued in 1945 and was then considered one of the greatest animated films with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Pinocchio is one of the live-action movies inspired by Disney’s animated back catalogue. (Read more here)

Other upcoming remakes include: The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Dumbo

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is also working on a stop-motion animated version of the classic Pinocchio for Netflix.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24