“Pinnocchio” coming to the stage for Disney

Julie Taymor, who turned Disney’s The Lion King into a hit stage
musical, is now developing a stage version of Disney’s Pinocchio with
several of her Lion King collaborators, the London Daily Telegraph
reported today.

“The show won’t look anything like The Lion King,” she told the newspaper. “I’m looking for a whacked-out, commedia
dell’arte style, funky, hand-made, nasty-edged theatre, with a rambunctious,
wild, edgy quality.”

Taymor said that she has gone back to the original
story, remarking: “Pinnochio is a story about what it means to be
human. Why would you want to be human when you could just be a little wooden
puppet with no conscience?”