Sam Mendes Will No Longer Direct Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio Film

Sam Mendes is out as director for Disney's live-action Pinocchio

Sam Mendes is out as director for Disney’s live-action Pinocchio

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, SPECTRE) will no longer direct Disney’s live-action version of their animated classic Pinocchio, according to Tracking Board. The director originally left the live-action James and the Giant Peach to take on Pinocchio. There is no word on whether or not Mendes’ departure from the film means that he’ll direct the next James Bond film. We’ll update you with any developments in that area.

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The Walt Disney Studios film 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. There is no release date set for the live action Pinocchio.

Mendes is known for directing the 1999 film American Beauty, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He’s also known for films like The Road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, the James Bond films SPECTRE and Skyfall. He’s also done musicals like “Caberet,” “Oliver!,” “Company” and “Gypsy.” He’s also the executive producer for the TV series The Hollow Crown and Penny Dreadful.

In the 1940 Disney-animated film Pinocchio, the lead role was voiced by Dickie Jones, Jiminy Cricket by Cliff Edwards and Master Geppetto by Christian Rubb.

So what do you guys think of a live action Pinocchio? Who would you like to see direct the film now that Sam Mendes has left? Who should play the lead role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct ‘My Favorite Thing is Monsters’

My Favorite Thing is Monsters adaptation

After spending a few years of exploring James Bond’s personal demons, director Sam Mendes is considering adding another comic book adaptation to his filmography with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. The director, who previously adapted Road to Perdition for the big screen, is in talks to turn Emil Ferris‘ acclaimed graphic novel into a movie for Sony. The story involves “B-movie horror and pulp monster iconography.”

Below, learn more about the potential My Favorite Thing Is Monsters adaptation.

Deadline writes that Sony won the project in a bidding war last week. Now, Mendes is in early talks to possibly direct and develop My Favorite Thing is Monsters through his production company, Neal Street. Ferris’ story is set in the 1960s Chicago and follows a 10-year-old, Karen Reyes, who’s trying to figure out who murdered her upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor.

Based on the graphic novel’s synopsis, there’s far more to the story than a murder mystery:

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is Ferris’ debut graphic novel. Previously, she worked as an illustrator and toy sculptor. The author was raised on creature features, which she cites as a source of inspiration. You can find some of her beautiful work at her website.

Here’s a page from the author’s graphic novel (published in February):

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

The last time Mendes took on a graphic novel adaptation, we got the wonderful Road to Perdition. Mendes has considered other comic book properties over the years, namely Preacher, which he thought someone could one day make work as television series (and he was right, of course). As for superhero movies, they don’t interest Mendes, as if that wasn’t obvious based on most of his work.

Following the long and exhaustive Spectre shoot, it’s not surprising to see the filmmaker taking on a movie smaller in scale. The only other film project he’s attached himself to since his last Bond pic is Disney’s live-action James and the Giant Peach.

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