Paul Thomas Anderson Will Write — and Possibly Direct — Robert Downey Jr.’s Pinocchio

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What a match. Photo: Theo Wargo/NBC and Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)

Paul Thomas Anderson just threw his fans a major curveball: The acclaimed director is set to write the live-action Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr., The Hollywood Reporter reports. Anderson, whose last project was 2014's Inherent Vice, is also in talks to direct. (For reference, Anderson has both written and directed all seven of his films.) Downey Jr. will reportedly play the woodcarver Gepetto. Now if he can just get Joaquin Phoenix to play Pinocchio, all will be right in Paul Thomas Anderson's world.