Making a live action version of an animated classic is pretty much a guaranteed billion dollars for Disney, so the studio has no plans to stop rebooting their beloved animated catalog until every film, or at least the ones that aren’t too racist in hindsight to gloss over, has been turned into a major live action blockbuster. With that in mind, Disney is now in talks with Sam Mendes (Spectre, Skyfall, American Beauty) to direct a live action adaptation of Pinocchio, according to a report from Deadline. Mendes’s Pinocchio joins the already released Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast and the in-development Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, Cruella De Vil, Aladdin, Mulan, and Lion King, to which we ask, as we do every time it comes up: how the **** do you make a live action Lion King? Do you use real lions? Won’t they eat the cameramen?!
The deal isn’t official yet, so things could change, but would you say no to directing a guaranteed billion dollar film that you can pretty much just copy from a cartoon made eighty years earlier? Yeah, we didn’t think so. So who are you to judge? Shame on you.