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'Kick Ass' & 'X-Men' Scribe Goldman to Pen Burton's 'Pinocchio'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 16, 2012 at 11:26AM

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."
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Jane Goldman

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."

No contracts have been signed yet. But the Warner Bros. project has both Burton circling as director and Robert Downey Jr. as Geppetto. The reenvisioning of the classic fairytale will be told through the eyes of the woodcarver, as opposed to the wooden boy of the title. When Pinocchio goes missing, Geppetto embarks on a mission to find and save his marionette son.

The first draft of the script was written by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies").

As "Pinocchio" is still early in development, Goldman's next onscreen credit may well be Bryan Singer's return to the "X-Men" franchise,  "Days of Future Past," headed for a July 2014 release.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.