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Sam Mendes drops out of directing Disney's live-action Pinocchio

Back in May , it was reported that Sam Mendes (SPECTRE) was in early talks to direct Disney's live-action adaption of PINOCCHIO, but now, it seems that Disney will have to look elsewhere for someone to put their live-action spin on the little wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. Per Jeff Sneider‏ of The Tracking Board , Sam Mendes has now dropped out of the...
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Sam Mendes in early talks to direct Disney's live-action Pinocchio

Disney's onslaught of live-action adaptations of their animated classics continues, but, with the recent BEAUTY AND THE BEAST taking in $1.2 billion at the box-office, who can blame them? The studio has plenty of adaptations in the pipeline, including PINOCCHIO, which Deadline reports has Sam Mendes (SPECTRE) in early talks to direct. This won't be the first time that...
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Ron Howard reportedly attached to direct Robert Downey Jr.'s Pinocchio

Robert Downey Jr. 's long-gestating PINOCCHIO flick may have finally found a director. Paul Thomas Anderson was the most recent filmmaker linked to the planned film, however he left the project back in November , and now The Tracking Board is reporting that Ron Howard is attached to direct the live-action movie. According to the site, Howard and Brian Grazer will...
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P.T. Anderson won't be directing Robert Downey Jr.'s live-action Pinocchio

I've got some disappointing news for those of you who were excited about the idea of a Paul Thomas Anderson -directed live-action PINOCCHIO movie starring Robert Downey Jr. Back in July , Warner Bros. and Downey enlisted Anderson to write a new draft for the long-in-development project, and there was also talk of him possibly helming it. But apparently that's no longer the...
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Paul Thomas Anderson to write Robert Downey Jr.'s Pinocchio; may also direct

Well this is certainly...interesting news; Paul Thomas Anderson , yes that Paul Thomas Anderson , has stepped in to write a new draft for Robert Downey Jr. 's long-in-development PINOCCHIO film. The pair have apparently been wanting to work together for a while now, in fact Robert Downey Jr. was attached to Anderson's INHERENT VICE but had to drop out due to scheduling...
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Disney developing a live action film inspired by Pinocchio

Another day, another Disney animated classic getting the live action treatment. Following in the footsteps of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST , MULAN , THE JUNGLE BOOK , and DUMBO , Disney has now planned on a new spin on their classic PINOCCHIO. The twist this time will be that the film will follow MALEFICENT and show the traditional story in a new light. Deadline indicates that the...
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Kick-Ass scribe Jane Goldman to pen Tim Burton's Pinocchio

When I say Tim Burton's PINOCCHIO, I mean, nearly, almost Tim Burton's PINOCCHIO with Robert Downey Jr. close to staring as Geppetto. The two have been circling the project for a bit now, but are most likely to commit now that they have hired a writer for the screenplay. Jane Goldman (KICK-ASS, STARDUST) will be the lady for the scripting job. The story, which is much like...
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