Sam Mendes might take on Disney’s next live-action adaptation of one of the company’s classic films. The director is reportedly in early talks helm Pinocchio, according to Deadline, which is the story of a wooden boy who is brought to life by a fairy and sets off on a quest to become human. Pinocchio has been in the works at the studio since 2015. It is just the latest in Disney’s efforts to reboot their animated classics in a live-action format.
The formula has proven lucrative for the company thus far. This year, Disney released Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans. The film has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. Similarly, Disney’s Jungle Book last year brought in just under $1 billion worldwide. The company shows no signs of slowing the live-action adaptation train, with films like Tim Burton’s Dumbo and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King just over the horizon.
Disney also has films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Mulan in the works, though details on those projects are still sparse. In 2018, Emily Blunt will step into the prim and proper shoes of Disney’s most notable governess — Mary Poppins. The film looks to follow up on the original 1964 entry, with the Banks household’s children having grown up and now dealing with their own personal tragedies.
Mendes is the director behind films like American Beauty and Road to Perdition. Lately, his most notable output has been his contributions to the James Bond franchise, having directed both Skyfall and Spectre. Mendes has yet to release a statement regarding his connection to the Pinocchio film.