Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will write, direct and produce a new adaptation of "Pinocchio" for Netflix.
The Mexico-born filmmaker has acted as a creative consultant and executive producer over the years on movies such as "Megamind", "Puss in Boots" and "Rise of the Guardians" and as a producer on "Book of Life", but he has never helmed one.
The story of "Pinocchio" will be told as a stop-motion musical and set during the rise of fascism in Italy under Mussolini, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
"No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio," del Toro said in a statement.
"In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I've wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember."
Patrick McHale is co-writing the script with del Toro. Mark Gustafson will co-direct.
Noida, Oct 23 (IANS) The Noida police on Tuesday said they were working to nab a man, who was accused of trying to extort Rs 20 crore from Paytm founder with three others by threatening him to leak the confidential data, even as the company assured its customers that their details were protected with high-level security.
On Monday, the police arrested Sonia Dhawan, person secretary to Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee at the company's administration department.
A fourth accused Rohit Chomal, a Kolkata resident, who is believed to have made the extortion calls from Thailand, is on the run.
Earlier, on the complaint made by Paytm Vice President Ajay Shekhar Sharma, who is the brother of the founder, a case was registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information and Technology Act against the four.
The police said that all the phone numbers concerned were under observation.
"We are minutely watching the activities on the same IP address through which the phone calls were made," a police officer said.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Dhawan had been the personal secretary to the CEO for about 10 years and had access to all the files containing the financial data.
Paytm in its statement said, "All our consumer data is protected with the highest and most impenetrable levels of security."
"At this point, the law enforcement authorities are investigating this matter and we would like to respect the police investigation, and not comment further until the results of such investigation are known."