After it was first reported he was in negotiations to direct a live-action take on Pinocchio again in Might, Academy Award winner Sam Mendes has departed the mission. Pinocchio is one other in a protracted line of basic Disney cartoons that the studio is adapting to live-action, following within the footsteps of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book.The information comes from The Tracking Board, who reviews that his exit isn’t linked with a doable return for the director to the James Bond franchise. With a gap in his schedule, although, it is one thing that would nonetheless occur. Mendes helmed the earlier two Bond installments, Skyfall and Spectre. With the following Bond movie, the 25th within the franchise, anticipated to be the final outing for Daniel Craig as the long-lasting undercover agent, Mendes directing will surely be a becoming finish. That mentioned, he previously said he was ready to move on from the franchise.Whereas his leaving Pinocchio is a setback for the film, likelihood is his position can be crammed shortly. Because it stands, Disney’s live-action variations of its personal cartoons have managed to draw some very high-profile administrators. Man Ritchie is currently filming Aladdin, whereas Tim Burton is adapting Dumbo. Jon Favreau, who beforehand directed the live-action The Jungle Guide, will subsequent sort out a brand new tackle The Lion King. Moreover, Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife) will direct an adaptation of Mulan and Marc Forster (World Warfare Z) is at the moment filming Christopher Robin, which follows the fictional character an grownup when Winnie the Pooh and his imaginary buddies re-enter his life.There is a lengthy checklist of live-action tasks in improvement at Disney. Whereas likelihood is some might not come to life, there are others that appear like a lock for eventual production–including The Little Mermaid.