Sam Mendes In Early Talks To Direct Live-Action Pinocchio

Posted 2017/05/23 0 0

Sam Mendes might take on Disney’s next live-action adaptation of one of the company’s classic films.


Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is in talks to direct the upcoming live action Pinocchio film for Disney, according to Deadline. This is the latest in Disney’s string of live action films. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and more have all done well and we still have The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau and Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton on the way. We’re also getting The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mulan and a Cruella De Vil film.

The Walt Disney Studios film, based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” will center on the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a “real boy,” and the relationship between a father and son, the ramifications of lying and creating stories and living in a fantasy world. The original Pinocchio, based on the 1883 novel ‘The Adventures Of Pinocchio’ by Carlo Collodi, first debuted in theaters in 1940 and won two Academy Awards, but was not a box office success.

The project has been in development since 2015, but it now appears Disney is ready to get the film rolling by attaching a big name director. Mendes has a varied background delivering award-winners like American Beauty, but also bigger blockbusters like Skyfall. There is no production window or release date set at this time.

If Disney secures a deal with the Academy Award-winner, Mendes will join the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Jon Favreau, and Bill Condon. The presence of Mendes will likely help attract more talent in front of the camera as well, though the studio must contend with competition from other studios to make this film first. Despite the success of his James Bond pics “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” Mendes recently announced that he was leaving the franchise and has been boarding several projects. He will helm Sony’s adaptation of “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” based on Emil Ferris’ graphic novel.

Disney's latest live-action remake to hit theaters, Beauty and the Beast, was the first film in 2017 to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It's also now the highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.