Disney Pictures has definitely have been on a roll taking their beloved animated classics and turning them into live action films. In 2012 they stared with Alice in Wonderland, then came Cinderella in 2012, Maleficent in 2015, The Jungle Book in 2016 and this year we got Beauty and the Beast. This list of films has become some of Disney Pictures most successful films to date. With that said, it’s easy to see why they are bringing back other beloved animated classics like The Lion King which will be directed by Jon Favreau and Mulan which will be directed by Niki Caro.
Now thanks to Variety we know that one of the next films in line is Pinocchio. For a little background Pinocchio was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book called The Adventures of Pinocchio about a puppet and a woodcarver. This was the second animated feature film made by Disney following the success of Snow White an the Seven Dwarfs. In early talks to direct Pinocchio is Sam Mendes.
About a year ago he was in line to direct the remake of James and the Giant Peach for Disney Pictures, but since then has dropped out of the project. For the moment talks are slow because Mendes is currently working on finishing his West End play The Ferryman, which is in production. Sam Mendes recently had also announced that he was leaving the James Bond franchise despite the success of both Skyfall and Spectre. He will also be directing Sony’s adaptation of My Favorite Thing is Monsters, based on the graphic novel by Emil Ferris.
It would seem that Sam Mendes is a very busy man, it wouldn’t surprise me if he passes on directing Pinocchio for Disney just based on all the other projects he is linked to. On another note, a like action Pinocchio movie doesn’t seem very interesting to me. How about a live action adaptation of The Emperor’s New Groove? (joking) We’ll see soon enough how the talks between Mendes and the studio directors go. Would you be interested in a live action Pinocchio film? Or is there another film you’d prefer to see? Chime in below!
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