Everyone’s favorite “real boy” is rearing his wooden head again with a new movie. Back in 2008 there was word that Guillermo del Toro was working on a darker, animated version of the classic fairytale Pinocchio. The news soon fell by the wayside when talk of his other projects began to surface including The Hobbit. Now according to Deadline, Pinocchio’s back in the forefront and del Toro has released some photos to prove it.

Pinocchio will be a 3D stop motion animated adaptation of the fairytale that we’ve previously seen through the eyes of Walt Disney and his 1940 version. Del Toro will executive produce the film that will be co-produced by the Jim Henson Co. Their version of the story will be much darker than its predecessors, led by a more devious, and mischievous Pinocchio. The film will be co-directed by Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson. Grimly has a background in illustration, and did the artwork for the 2002 version of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio.

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood,” del Toro said. “We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Collodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

You can check out another photo from the production below:

What do you think of del Toro’s vision for Pinocchio?