Being the undisputed leader of the modern film industry has allowed Disney Corporation to establish creative ties with many eminent Hollywood producers, directors and actors. To the disappointment of the studio management and ordinary viewers, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes decided to refuse the invitation to go to the magical world of Disney.|
Last summer, Mendes was asked to lead the adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book James and the Giant Peach. However, already in May of this year, the filmmaker unexpectedly switched to another Disney blockbuster - a full-length game remake of the cartoon "Pinocchio". Now, The Tracking Board has learned that Sam chose to resign as director of the film about the naughty wooden boy.
The reasons for Mendes' departure from the project have not yet been reported. It is possible that the director received an invitation to film the next part of the James Bond film. Sam earned a lot of rave reviews for his work on 007: Coordinates of Skyfall, but his next film about the adventures of the British superspy, 007: SPECTRUM, did not cause much enthusiasm among critics and fans of Ian Fleming's universe. There were rumors that the series might face another reboot, but in the end, MGM's management was able to renew the contract with Daniel Craig. It is possible that the director of two of its highest-grossing parts will be able to return to the famous spy franchise after the performer of the role of James Bond.
Despite the loss of the steering project, Pinocchio's future prospects look quite bright. First, Hollywood insiders are confident that Disney bosses can easily find a replacement for Mendes. The tremendous success of "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" proved that tapes based on the animated hits of one of the oldest Hollywood studios are very popular with viewers. In addition, the results of the rental and audience reviews allowed the Walt Disney Empire to attract such cult directors as Tim Burton and Guy Ritchie to the creation of the next series of remakes. The first is already in full swing filming a new version of "Dumbo", and the second has recently finished selecting the cast of "Aladdin".
Secondly, the remake of the 1940 cartoon is unlikely to have to withstand additional competition at the box office. Just a few days ago it became known that Guillermo del Toro and The Jim Henson Company finally abandoned the work on the cartoon based on the fairy tale by Carlo Collodi. For a long time, Warner Bros. Studio, which planned to take on the role of Gepetto master Robert Downey Jr., did not spoil moviegoers with information about their version of Pinocchio.
The date of the premiere of Disney's "Pinocchio" has not yet been announced.
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