Sam Mendes in Talks for Disney’s Live Action Pinocchio

Sam Mendes is reportedly in talks to take on the live action Pinocchio film for Disney

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 BeastCinderellaThe 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 MermaidAladdinMulan and a Cruella De Vil film.

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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 Oscar 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? Are you hoping Sam Mendes ends up directing the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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