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Sam Mendes reportedly exits 'Pinocchio' movie

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News video: Sam Mendes reportedly exits 'Pinocchio' movieSam Mendes has dropped out of directing the live-action remake of 'Pinocchio'.

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Sam Mendes reportedly exits 'Pinocchio' movie

Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing the live-action remake of 'Pinocchio'.

The 'Skyfall' filmmaker signed on to take charge of the classic Disney project earlier this year, but he has since backed out of the gig due to undisclosed reasons.

This isn't the first Disney movie Mendes has exited.

He was previously in talks to direct 'James and the Giant Peach', but he pulled out of that film to work on 'Pinocchio'.

A new director has yet to be appointed.

Disney's live-action remakes have become a big box office draw in recent years, with Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella' kicking off the trend in 2015.

The studio's 'Maleficent' also fared well the year before, and Angelina Jolie has signed on to reprise her role as Maleficent for a sequel, although shooting has yet to start.

Meanwhile, 'Beauty and the Beast' recently became a box office smash, grossing $1.2 billion worldwide, while 'The Jungle Book' took $966.5 million upon its release last year.

Also in the works is 'Dumbo', with Tim Burton confirmed as director, while the casting for 'The Lion King' was recently announced, with Donald Glover voicing Simba and Beyonce taking on the role of Nala.

That movie will be helmed by 'The Jungle Book's Jon Favreau.


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