Reports Tom Hanks in talks to star in Pinocchio remake

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This HAS to happen!

We're in a bit of a live action re-make age aren't we.

We've got Dumbo coming with Collin Farrell and Danny Devito opening in March, Aladdin with Will Smith in May, The Lion King with Beyonce coming in June, and Mulan to come so make way for the nostalgia. 

Now, there is talk of a Pinocchio remake potentially staring the one and only Tom Hanks. According to Variety, Hanks is in early talks to play the fatherly figure Geppetto in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic.

“Paddington’s” Paul King is directing, Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing and King, Weitz, and Simon Farnaby wrote the most recent draft.

The original film tells the tale about a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. Geppetto is the puppeteer who created Pinocchio and he becomes the fatherly figure he always wanted.

It comes after a string of remakes were announced. The studio’s live-action remakes film strategy has been smashing it at the box office.

“Beauty and the Beast” made $1.2 billion worldwide in 2017 and “The Jungle Book” grossed $966.5 million worldwide in 2016. 

Next year, Disney plans on releasing three live-action takes: “Dumbo,” which bows in March; “Aladdin,” which opens in May; and “The Lion King,” which opens in June.

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