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WARNER BROS., JIM HENSON PRODUCTIONS AND AMERICAN ZOETROPE COLLABORATE TO MAKE LIVE-ACTION 'PINOCCHIO'

 WARNER BROS., JIM HENSON PRODUCTIONS AND AMERICAN ZOETROPE
 COLLABORATE TO MAKE LIVE-ACTION 'PINOCCHIO'
 BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros. has completed an agreement with Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and Jim Henson Productions to make the first-ever live-action version of the classic children's tale, "Pinocchio," using characters and puppets created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a script written by Frank Galati under the direct supervision of Coppola. The announcement was made by Bruce Berman, Warner Bros. president of Worldwide Theatrical Production.
 The screenplay will be adapted from the beloved story by Carlo Collodi about an Italian toymaker named Geppetto, whose mischievous wooden marionette, Pinocchio, comes to life and attempts to become a flesh-and-blood little boy.
 Fred Fuchs of American Zoetrope will executive produce the film, which will be produced by Coppola and Brian Henson, son of the late puppeteer Jim Henson.
 Academy Award-winner Coppola is one of America's pre-eminent living filmmakers, with such landmark motion pictures as "The Godfather," Parts I, II & III; "Apocalypse Now;" "The Outsiders;" "Patton;" "American Graffiti;" "The Conversation" and "The Black Stallion" to his credit. He has received six Academy Awards, for co-writing "Patton;" producing and co-writing "The Godfather;" and directing, producing and co-writing "The Godfather, Part II." In addition, he received Best Director nominations from the Academy for "The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part III;" Best Picture nominations for "American Graffiti," "The Conversation," "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather, Part III;" and Best Screenplay nominations for "The Conversation" and "Apocalypse Now."
 Brian Henson is president and chief executive officer of Jim Henson Productions, which has produced such films as "Labyrinth," "The Muppet Movie," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "The Dark Crystal" and "The Witches," and has been responsible for the animatronic characters in "Dreamchild" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," parts I and II. Among the company's recent television credits are the ACE award-winning series "Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories" for The Disney Channel; the Emmy Award-winning "Jim Henson's 'The Storyteller;'" "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," winner of four Emmy Awards for CBS-TV; and the ABC-TV hit series "Dinosaurs."
 Screenwriter and playwright Galati adapted "The Grapes of Wrath" for Chicago's noted Steppenwolf Theater; it later toured nationally and then went to Broadway, where it earned him two Tony Awards. He also co- wrote, with Lawrence Kasdan, "The Accidental Tourist," which was released by Warner Bros. and for which Galati received an Academy Award nomination.
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