Ben Stiller replacing Tim Burton as 'Pinocchio' director, says Robert Downey Jr.

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Ben Stiller will step in to direct "Pinocchio," in place of Tim Burton, according to the film's probable star, Robert Downey Jr. 

While doing international press to promote his May 3 release, "Iron Man 3," Downey spilled the beans to film journalists who still believed Burton to be attached to the project. 

"I want to make Pinocchio as a live action film and not resorting to animation," says Downey in an English to Italian and back again translation provided by Bleeding Cool. "I would like to do with Ben Stiller ... I'd like it to be shot as much as possible in Italy, I think it is also a matter of consistency."

The latest news on the Warner Bros. film, to which Downey is only loosely attached at this point, was that a rewrite was being handed by Jane Goldman, of "Stardust" and "Kick-Ass" fame. The film is set to star Downey as Gepetto, the woodcarver and puppeteer who creates, and then loses, and then reunites with Pinnochio.

Stiller teams with Bob Odenkirk for a comedy sketch show, "The Birthday Boys," which will premiere on IFC later in 2013. He also stars in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," due in theaters December 25, and has "Zoolander 2" on the horizon. Downey has "The Judge" and possibly "The Avengers 2" on his plate.
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