In the ever-evolving landscape of film adaptations, classic public domain characters are now finding new life in unexpected genres. The latest to join this trend is the iconic wooden puppet, Pinocchio, whose story is set to be reimagined in a spine-chilling horror film, “Pinocchio: Unstrung.” This project is spearheaded by Jagged Edged Productions, known for their bold reinterpretations of beloved characters, as seen in “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” and its sequel. Their upcoming ventures include horror renditions of Bambi and Peter Pan.
“Pinocchio: Unstrung” promises to deliver a nightmarish version of the traditionally innocent tale. The first glimpse into this dark world reveals a haunting image of Pinocchio in a workshop, transformed into a skeletal figure with spindly fingers and skinny limbs, complete with nails studded through his shins. His eerie, oversized mouth brimming with teeth and a bulging eye adds to the chilling effect, promising a movie experience far removed from the puppet’s innocent beginnings.
First look at the ‘PINOCCHIO: UNSTRUNG’ horror movie, from the filmmakers behind ‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey’.
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Adding an intriguing twist to the narrative, Jagged Edged Productions is crafting a cinematic universe that intertwines their horror adaptations. The producers revealed that “Pinocchio: Unstrung” will be subtly introduced in the closing credits of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2,” through sketch drawings of unannounced characters from this expanding universe.
As the anticipation builds, details about the casting and director for “Pinocchio: Unstrung” are expected to be announced soon. The film is slated to enter production this summer, aiming for a theatrical release in late 2024. The concept of a shared universe opens up myriad possibilities, including much-anticipated crossovers. Rhys Frake-Waterfield, the director behind “Blood and Honey,” shared his vision of merging these stories, with fans already buzzing about potential showdowns like Bambi versus Pooh.