Fans of Disney had the opportunity to see the classic movie Beauty and the Beast adapted as a live-action film in 2017, with Emma Watson starring as Belle. And the studio’s remakes of Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016) saw similar success. Live-action adaptations of Aladdin, The Lion King and Dumbo are set to hit theaters this year, as well.
However, things don’t seem to be going as smoothly for the studio’s Pinocchio adaptation, as the film appears to have lost its second director. In 2017, Sam Mendes was believed to be on board as director, and it was thought that Tom Hanks might be playing Geppetto. However, Mendes dropped out of the project later that year.
It was then announced that Paul King, director of Paddington (2014), would take over for Mendes. But now, in an interview with Discussing Film, Seamus McGarvey, the film’s cinematographer, has confirmed that King has stepped away from the project. Indeed, McGarvey’s comments seem to cast some doubt on the progress of the film in general.
"The director basically pulled out of the film, for um, family reasons," said McGarvey. "Disney are trying to find a new director, but yeah, I read those reports that Tom Hanks and all those other people, but yeah, they’re trying to get it going.”
Despite the bumps in the road, it seems likely the film will reach theaters eventually, albeit probably later than originally anticipated, given the massive appeal of nearly any film produced by Disney and particularly a remake of a beloved classic.