The Oscar-nominated writer and director has been hired to rewrite a live-action take on the story with the hope that he might direct
Paul Thomas Anderson has been announced as the unlikely new writer of Robert Downey Jr’s live-action Pinocchio.
The Oscar-nominated writer and director of There Will Be Blood, and most recently Inherent Vice, will be taking on a script that was previously written by Michael Mitnick, best known for last year’s YA adaptation The Giver. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Downey has also been involved in giving the draft some tweaks for studio Warner Bros.
The Iron Man star is set to play Geppetto in what will be a traditional adaptation of the story, most famously told by Disney in 1940. Roberto Benigni also directed and starred in a 2002 version, panned by critics, and dubbed by a cast including Queen Latifah, David Suchet and Kevin James.
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Calling Robert Downey, Jr., the biggest star in Hollywood today is not much of a stretch, and as such, the man can basically do any project that he wants.
That said, while wasting time at work this week and reading one of those deliciously addictive list-based articles, I encountered an interesting tidbit regarding one future project that he still appears committed to — the Perry Mason series.
While there isn’t much known about Robert Downey, Jr., as Perry Mason just yet, it does appear that if the film comes to fruition, he would star. He’s already one of three producers — the other two being wife Susan Downey and Robert Cort, according to IMDb Pro (subscription required).
The film is marked as “in development” (since 2011), but the latest rumblings happened in late 2014 when Mr. Iron Man gave Reddit an idea of what to expect (via MoviePilot).
Answering a question about Sherlock Holmes 3 (also in development), he had this to say.
“Yes, we have a Sherlock 3 in development. We want it to be the best of the series, so that’s a pretty tall order. Also, Perry Mason is a property I’m looking forward to developing further, going back to the 1931 book series… similarly to what we did with the first 2 Sherlocks, mining the original material for things that are ‘new.’… The Perry Mason project we’re developing is kind of a pre-Chinatown gumshoe thriller with some courtroom stakes, and action sequences.”
If you’ve ever read any of the early novels from author Erle Stanley Gardner, then you know that what Downey, Jr., is planning for Perry Mason is absolutely faithful to the original character as was the Raymond Burr series to a great extent.
(Gardner had full creative control over the show after Hollywood botched the six theatrical features in the 1930s.)
While many would rather see Robert Downey, Jr., suit up in the Iron Man costume for as long as he’s able to walk, Perry Mason is a character seemingly tailor-made to take advantage of the actor’s quick wit and disarming charm. Also, Mason was so good at verbally tying guilty people in knots when they got on the witness stand that it would be fun to see it done through the voice and mannerisms of Tony Stark.
Whether you already knew about the Perry Mason film or not, what are your thoughts about Robert Downey, Jr., in the role? Sound off in the comments section.
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Robert Downey Jr is about to rule the box office again with TheAvengers: Age of Ultron being unleashed in theaters on Friday. It is an epic action spectacular filled with big stars and big special effects. So when Downey stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week, we asked him if the big-budget spectacular gave the actor a craving to go in the other direction and spend some time working on a small indie movie before strapping the Iron Man suit on again. The answer: a most definitive no. Why? Well, allow Downey to explain as only Downey can, which includes an imaginary conversation between him and an indie filmmaker:
“Because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like, ‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew—can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we’re doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?’”
“I thought it’s mediocre.”
“Yeah, isn’t it the greatest?! Man, everyone’s an artist here.”
“Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame.”
Wow. That’s a blow only Iron Man himself could deliver.