As Disney continues to mine through their animation vault, more and more acclaimed directors are climbing aboard live-action adaptations. Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) is the latest filmmaker to join the club. According to new reports, Mendes is in talks to direct a live-action remake of Pinocchio – not to be confused with the Pinocchiostarring Robert Downey Jr. that is being developed at Warner Bros – the 1940 classic film about an elderly, impoverished woodcarver named Gepetto, who creates Pinocchio and wishes upon a star that he could be a real boy.
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Deadline says talks between Disney and Mendes are still in the early stages. Should they come to an agreement, Mendes would be using a script written by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Weitz has some experience in this field as he wrote the screenplay for 2015’s Cinderella, which was a huge hit for Disney. Pinocchio follows a long line of Disney’s efforts adapting their animated classics to live-action films. Hits include Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and most recently Beauty and the Beast.
Remember, talks are still in the very early stages, so there is a chance that Mendes may walk away from the project. Even if that is the case, it won’t stop Disney from searching for some big name directors.
No release date has been set for Pinocchio, and we will keep you posted on any new developments for these films.