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Sam Mendes In Early Talks To Direct Live Action Pinocchio Film

24 May 2017 12:42 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Disney Pictures has definitely have been on a roll taking their beloved animated classics and turning them into live action films. In 2012 they stared with Alice in Wonderland, then came Cinderella in 2012, Maleficent in 2015, The Jungle Book in 2016 and this year we got Beauty and the Beast. This list of films has become some of Disney Pictures most successful films to date. With that said, it's easy to see why they are bringing back other beloved animated classics like The Lion King which will be directed by Jon Favreau and Mulan which will be directed by Niki Caro.

Now thanks to Variety we know that one of the next films in line is Pinocchio. For a little background Pinocchio was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 children's book called The Adventures of Pinocchio about a puppet and a woodcarver. This was the second animated feature film made by Disney following the »

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Paul W.S. Anderson on Resident Evil reboots, live-action Pinocchio director, GOTGv2 cut cameo and more – Daily News Roundup

24 May 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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Over the weekend Constantin Films and Sony Gems announced they would rebooting the Resident Evil franchise following on from Paul W.S. Anderson’s swansong Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Producer Samuel Hadida had mentioned the possibility of this back in 2012 so it should come as no surprise, and it has been announced that James Wan (The Conjuring) will produce it with his Mortal Kombat reboot writing partner. Not only that, but a whopping six films are currently planned. Read more here.

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Following on from that news, Flickering Myth posted an exclusive preview from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which featured comments from Paul W.S. Anderson about the idea of rebooting the series. Read more here.

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Disney’s live-action remake catalogue continues to grow with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is set to direct Pinocchio for the studio. »

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Movie News: Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Seeks James Bond Director; Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o Looking to Team for Ava DuVernay

23 May 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Pinocchio: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney. Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) wrote the most recent version of the script, which is inspired by the animated classic, first released in 1940 (above), about a puppet who is transformed into a little boy. Mendes directed Spectre and Skyfall, the two most recent James Bond spy adventures. [Deadline]   Untitled Buddy Movie: Rihanna (This Is the End, above left) and Lupita Nyong'o (Non-Stop, above right) are in talks to star in a movie to be directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae, who created HBO's Insecure, is in talks to write the screenplay The idea for the untitled project, which is under development at Netflix, originated...

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Sam Mendes Exits ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ Now Eyes Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

23 May 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sam Mendes has been spending his time post “Skyfall,” peeking in at various projects, but not quite committing to anything yet. Well, that’s not entirely fair as “The Voyeur’s Motel” essentially fell apart over potential issues with the source material and a competing project, but though the filmmaker has eyeballed “Beautiful Ruins,” “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” and “James And The Giant Peach,” nothing has really stuck.

Continue reading Sam Mendes Exits ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ Now Eyes Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ at The Playlist. »

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinocchio

23 May 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Disney may have found a director for its live-action Pinocchio remake, with Deadline reporting that Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes is in talks to join the project, which has been scripted by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

Pinocchio is one of many animated classics that Disney is remaking; production is gearing up to get underway on Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Tim Burton’s Dumbo, while Jon Favreau is also directing The Lion King and a sequel to The Jungle Book. Other projects on the horizon include Mulan, The Little Mermaid and Cruella De Vil.

Mendes, who has opted against a 007 return for Bond 25, was slated to direct The Voyeur’s Motel with Steven Spielberg producing, although the project was scrapped in November. He is currently directing the stage play The Ferryman, which just opened in London.

There are currently several other versions of Pinocchio in the works, »

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Newswire: Sam Mendes may direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake

23 May 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Sam Mendes began his film career tackling all-caps serious dramas like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, but has swerved to franchise blockbusters as of late with the Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. Now Disney might enlist him to helm its live-action remake of Pinocchio: according to Variety, Mendes is in “early talks” for the project. Previously it was reported that he was in the same stage of negotiations for a new James And The Giant Peach movie, but Variety reports that’s off the table.

While Pinocchio still might not seem like a perfect fit for Mendes, keep in mind that he did direct a London stage production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Disney also recently hired Guy Ritchie to make Aladdin, so its choices have been relatively offbeat. And Pinocchio could be pretty juicy material. Who wouldn’t want to tackle a parable about lying in this day »

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Live-Action Pinocchio Courting Former James Bond Director Sam Mendes

23 May 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind Skyfall and Spectre, has come into contention to helm Disney’s long-brewing Pinocchio movie.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mendes has now entered early talks to pull the strings on the live-action feature, one that’ll be ushered into a growing collection of revamped fairytales that already includes the likes of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s box office smash, Beauty and the Beast. As for the story involving the iconic puppet – a puppet who longs to be viewed as a real boy after his master’s wish is inexplicably granted – we understand Chris Weitz is the brains behind the latest draft of Pinocchio‘s script, and is also expected to produce via his production banner.

And though it’s important to stress that Sam Mendes is yet to sign along the dotted line, this potential development looks »

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Sam Mendes is not shaken but stirred into early talks for Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio

23 May 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Skyfall director Sam Mendes looks to have ditched one Disney remake, James and the Giant Peach, with a view to jump on board another. News today links him to one of their live-action adaptations, Pinocchio, as he hits very early stages of talks to helm the upcoming production.

Don’t get too excited, a source close to Mendes has revealed that the director isn’t committing himself to anything just yet and is keeping his options open as he concentrates his efforts on his West End Play The Ferryman where he makes his Royal Court debut at the Gielgud theatre in London.

Mendes, who is looking to bulk out his film schedule, was attached to The Voyeurs Motel, a project based on an article in The New Yorker by Talese. The film focused on a Colorado voyeur who bought a motel and renovated it to allow him »

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Disney’s Pinocchio: Sam Mendes to direct live action version

22 May 2017 10:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 23, 2017

Spectre and Skyfall director Sam Mendes has emerged as the top choice to direct Disney's live action Pinocchio movie.

Right now, Disney’s live action fairytale slate is in rude health. Beauty & The Beast’s takings, for instance, have hit $1.2bn and counting (it's now one of the biggest movies of all time at the box office). Mary Poppins Returns is currently filming, meanwhile, and Tim Burton is set to start shooting Dumbo imminently. And then Guy Ritchie will be directing Aladdin for the studio, which also starts production soon.

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Coming up soon behind that little lot? Pinocchio, and Sam Mendes is now said to be in talks to direct the movie. Mendes, whose last film was Spectre, won an Oscar for directing American Beauty, and would work in »

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinnochio

22 May 2017 9:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in talks to take the helm of Disney live-action remake of Pinnochio. The Mouse House is in active development on the planned motion picture, based on their 1940 film, which itself was taken from the 1883 children’s book about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. The news is reported by Variety.

Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is writing the screenplay for the film.

Warner Brothers also have a ‘rival’ Pinnochio movie in the works, one which is written by Paul Thomas Anderson. That movie, which is in active development, has Robert Downey Jr. slated to star as Geppetto.

More on both projects as we get it.

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News Briefs: James Bond Director Sought for Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'

22 May 2017 9:25 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Pinocchio: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney. Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) wrote the most recent version of the script, which is inspired by the animated classic, first released in 1940 (above), about a puppet who is transformed into a little boy. Mendes directed Spectre and Skyfall, the two most recent James Bond spy adventures. [Deadline]   Untitled Buddy Movie: Rihanna (This...

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Disney's Pinocchio Live-Action Movie Targets James Bond Director

22 May 2017 6:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Mendes is in talks to take on Disney's live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. The monster box office success of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book is sure to have been a deciding factor to continue rehashing the animated stories for Disney. The live-action adaptation of The Lion King is in the works and now the long rumored live-action Pinocchio may have found a director. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Mulan are rumored to be coming next from the Mouse House.

Deadline reports that Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) is currently in very early talks to direct the live-action Pinocchio for Disney. We'll take this news with a grain of salt because about a year ago it was reported that Mendes was in early talks to direct a live-action remake of James and the Giant Peach, which has yet to come into fruition. But it will be pretty interesting to »

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Sam Mendes in Early Talks to Direct ‘Pinocchio’ Live-Action Reboot

22 May 2017 5:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio.”

Sources close to Mendes say that the director has not fully committed to helming the film yet. Mendes has not been able to meet with studio execs yet due to his commitment to his West End play “The Ferryman,” which is currently in production.

Peter Hedges penned the script, and Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano from Depth of Field are producing.

Mendes will no longer direct the “James and the Giant Peach” remake for Disney, which he was attached to less than a year ago.

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The original, 1940 animated film “Pinocchio” was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. “Pinocchio” was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, following 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, »

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Javier Bardem Confirms Talks To Play Classic Monster Role

21 May 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Javier Bardem is one of my favorite actors to see on the big screen. From his Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in No Country For Old Men, to his role as a James Bond villain in Skyfall, Bardem always puts on quite a show. He will hit the big screen again this Friday in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales as the vengeful Captain Armando Salazar. Now thanks to CinemaBlend, we have word on what might be his next role.

We know that next month Universal is going to be launching its classic monsters cinematic universe with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe. The studio has spent a lot of time planning this timeless universe out. Already having two other films scheduled one for April 13, 2018 and the other for February 15, 2019. Although the features »

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Javier Bardem Still Not A Lock For Universal’s Frankenstein

19 May 2017 6:40 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal’s getting ready to launch their Monsters Universe next month, which is set to kick off with The Mummy. Starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, there’s a lot riding on the film. After failing to get things off the ground with Dracula Untold, the studio will be trying again to get their shared universe up and running and they’re pinning their hopes on Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming blockbuster to help them get the ball rolling.

Admittedly, it looks like a pretty fun ride, but analysts aren’t predicting a strong box office open. The current estimates have The Mummy sitting at $40 million domestically, which means that if the reviews aren’t strong, the pic is doomed. Whether or not it will force Universal to head back to the drawing board once again is hard to say, but it doesn’t seem likely. That’s because the studio »

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Javier Bardem Confirms Frankenstein Talks

19 May 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal, like most studios in Hollywood right now, is currently working on building out a cinematic universe. Theirs is quite different, though, as they are building one around their classic monsters, which will kick off this summer with Tom Cruise's new take on The Mummy. There is also a reboot of Universal Monsters' Frankenstein in the works and there have been reports that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the famous monster. Now, we have word directly from Bardem that those talks are happening and he is very interested in the part.

The actor is currently promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which, he plays the villain. CinemaBlend caught up with Javier Bardem at the press junket for the movie and asked him about the Frankenstein rumors. Here's what he had to say about it.

Yeah, well, there are talks. And I would »

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Supernatural and Scooby-Doo announce animated crossover

18 May 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Rob Leane May 19, 2017

This is actually happening: Supernatural season 13 will have an animated episode with Scooby-Doo...

Fans of animated canine detectives who specialize in paranormal mysteries rejoice!

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At a big event hosted by The CW network, we found out one key element of Supernatural season 13. It will feature an animated episode with the Winchester brothers teaming up with Scooby-Doo and friends.

Having the Winchesters meet Scooby-Doo makes perfect sense, and it's an even more perfect gimmick episode for the "indestructible" (in the words of CW President Mark Pedowitz) show as it enters its lucky thirteenth season. 

It sounds like there was a bit of confusion at the event, as to whether this announcement was real or a prank, but then Entertainment Weekly came to the rescue to confirm it as 100% official and genuine...

"Although some thought it could be a joke, »

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Chris Cornell Rip: Why His James Bond Theme Song for ‘Casino Royale’ Is One of the Best

18 May 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chris Cornell died May 17 in Detroit hotel at the age of 52. It’s a passing far too soon for anyone, much less a singer who leaves behind the cultural impact of Soundgarden, supergroup Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. But in his solo work, Cornell also left a particular cinematic legacy as the co-writer and performer of “You Know My Name,” the Grammy-nominated theme song for 2006 James Bond film “Casino Royale.”

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There are many things that make this James Bond reboot (the first to star Daniel Craig) one of the better popcorn movies of the young millennium. Craig’s steely lead turn, Eva Green’s alluring subversion of Bond girl tropes, and a thrilling parkour chase sequence anchor the film from its opening black-and-white sequence to its mythology-looping close.

And all of it is jump-started by that Cornell song. »

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Cannes 2017: Fantasy Thriller Knights of the Damned Is Looking to Rise from the Grave

17 May 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Film Mode Entertainment’s Knights of the Damned has landed at this year’s Cannes and is looking for buyers. The film, which was directed by Simon Wells, stars Ross O’Hennessy (“Game of Thrones”), Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall), Silvio Simac (Transporter 3), and… Continue Reading →

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MGM First-Quarter Earnings Decline on Lack of a James Bond Movie

16 May 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Privately held MGM has reported a 42% decline in first-quarter earnings to $35.2 million from $61 million in the year-ago quarter, when Daniel Craig’s “Spectre” was still in theaters.

Revenues also declined 15% to $264 million from $311.3 million. MGM released James Bond movie “Spectre” — which grossed $880 million worldwide — in late 2015 while its only theatrical release during the 2017 quarter was horror-thriller “The Belko Experiment,” which grossed $10 million domestically for Bh Tilt. Film division revenue fell 36% to $155 million.

MGM’s TV division, led by Mark Burnett, saw revenues soar 75% to $86 million, thanks to “Survivor,” “The Voice,” and “Vikings.”

MGM also reported Tuesday that adjusted Ebitda slid 29% to $88.3 million. MGM cited continued strong performance of TV content business, which grew 26% primarily due to deliveries of new shows, including “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome,” and partial deliveries of “Vikings” (season 5), “Fargo” (season 3), and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (season 1).

Adjusted Ebitda for film content included the pay television premieres of »

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