Pinocchio, Disney's animated classic from 1940, remains the high-water mark for traditional, hand-drawn cel animation, and in my estimation it has never been topped in over 77 years.
With the House of Mouse moving forward with a live-action feature movie on Carlo Collodi's 19th-century Italian fairy tale of a wooden boy who wants to become real, they needed a talented, seasoned director to pull the strings, and now they've found one who owns a golden Oscar.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in negotiations to direct Pinocchio for Disney, and this gives the project a polished level of A-list prestige. Besides Mendes' masterful work on American Beauty and two Bond films, Skyfall and SPECTRE, he also directed what I believe to be Tom Hanks' best film, the feature based on the Road To Perdition graphic novel. And if that's not an impressive enough resume, Mendes was the executive producer on Showtime's sensational gothic horror series, Penny Dreadful!!
While contracts have not yet been officially signed, it appears this is just a formality and we can most likely look forward to a happy announcement soon. Pinocchio joins a high-powered lineup of successful live-action presentations of Uncle Walt's sterling library of animated gems like Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Cinderella. Pinocchio will be added to the previously announced Tim Burton's Dumbo and John Favreau's The Lion King. With Disney's loaded creative plate, it will be at least two years before we see Jiminy Cricket, Monstro and the Blue Fairy up on the silver screen
What do you think of Mendes being chosen to direct Pinocchio and will this heartwarming project make you wish upon a star that it gets to theaters sooner?
(Via Coming Soon)