Comedian Ben Stiller is in talks to take over from Tim Burton and direct pal Robert Downey Jr. in a modern re-telling of classic fairy tale "Pinocchio."
Burton was linked to the live action project last year, but now it appears he's dropped out and Downey is keen to bring his "Tropic Thunder" co-star onboard, reports Deadline.com.
The "Iron Man" star will take on the role of master puppeteer, Geppetto - the woodcarver who creates Pinocchio -in the movie.
The project isn't the only "Pinocchio" film in the works - director Guillermo Del Toro has been working on his vision of Carlo Collodi's classic tale since 2008.
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