Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing Disney's forthcoming live-action adaptation of Pinocchio – and we want to know why.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Revolutionary Road director has exited the new version of the Disney classic, which he had signed on for following the roaring success of Bill Condon's live action Beauty and the Beast.
That movie made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and Pinocchio success was sure to follow.
So, is there any chance Mendes' departure is in any way connected to a franchise he recently left?
That's right, we're talking about Bond. James Bond.
Mendes directed the last two Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, but previously announced that he would be departing the 007 vehicle ahead of the series' upcoming 25th movie.
While his exit seemed pretty certain (and other directors have been in talks about the role), it's worth remembering that another star attached to the 007 series previously stated he wouldn't be returning and is now very much back on board.
Yes, we're talking about Daniel Craig.
Before announcing he would be staying on as Bond in the next movie, Craig had insisted that Spectre would be his last, claiming he would rather "slash [his] wrists" than return to the franchise.
So it's technically possible Mendes could still return to the series to complete his Bond trilogy, which would offer a neat explanation as to why he left Pinocchio.
Watch this space...
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