Sam Mendes is no longer pulling the strings on Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie. According to the reports, the director has exited the animation adaption. The feature, based on the classic 1940 cartoon, was penned by Rogue One scripter Chris Weitz.
This isn’t the first Disney project the Oscar-winning director has dropped. He was previously in talks for the live-action James and the Giant Peach adaption before exiting the movie for Pinocchio.
After Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast pulled in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, the studio has multiple live-action movies based on their classic animation in the pipeline. Jon Favreau’s Lion King movie will hit theaters on July 19, 2019, while Tim Burton’s Dumbo, and Guy Ritchie’s movie musical Aladdin are currently filming.