Pinocchio was Walt Disney‘s second feature length film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and despite being made in 1940, it’s one of the few early works of Disney to escape modern cultural criticism. Perhaps that’s why the good folks running Disney’s eponymous studio in 2017 are now eyeing the classic story of a wooden puppet that wants to become a real boy as their next live-action success story. Disney’s last effort, Beauty and the Beast, collected over $1.2 billion at the international box office in just two months of release, which is about how much director Sam Mendes made for James Bond in Skyfall. Can anyone say “strange bedfellows”?
According to Deadline, Mendes is in talks to take on Pinocchio for Disney. Although his last two films were the blockbusters Skyfall and Spectre, the two most recent Bond flicks, taking on a hallowed property and kids flick like Pinocchio would be pretty far outside Mendes’ wheelhouse; he won the Oscar for directing American Beauty, and has since made Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go. There’s no word on how the talks are going, but if they go well this will likely be Mendes next film project. Mendes just opened The Ferryman starring Paddy Considine in London’s famed West End.
As for the rest of Disney’s slate, Pinocchio joins Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, Alex Timbers’ Cruella de Vil, Niki Caro’s Mulan, and a live-action Little Mermaid in various states of production. Obviously, there’s no word yet on a cast, writers, or other details. In the meantime, there is another live-action version of the story in development, a film by Ben Stiller starring Robert Downey Jr., Adam Driver and Amy Adams. That film is scheduled to be released in 2018, and it’s unlikely that the Mendes film will come together that quickly, but one can’t help but be reminded of the duelling Jungle Books of Favreau and Andy Serkis, the latter of which has yet to be released.
Stay tuned for more Pinocchio news, and that’s no lie…
Source: Coming Soon