Hoskins carved into 'Pinocchio'

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Bob Hoskins will play Geppetto in a new television miniseries based on the children's story "Pinocchio."

Italian state broadcaster RAI said Friday that the series, produced by Lux Vide, will have a significant U.K. cast, including a British child actor in the title role.

The casting ostensibly will give the project a better chance of airing internationally, but the only distribution announced to this point is RAI Uno, the Italian broadcaster's family-oriented network.

The broadcaster did not provide additional production information, though it was reported that the project will be completed next year.

The 19th century children's book "The Adventures of Pinocchio" is a classic of Italian literature and has spawned dozens of films and plays, the best known of which is Disney's animated 1940 version.

The most recent Italian adaptation came five years ago, when Oscar winner Roberto Benigni produced, directed and starred in a critically panned production that is still the most expensive Italian film ever made, with a budget north of $45 million.
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