Fans are not too happy with Disney and want the childhood classic to be left alone. At present, Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct the upcoming project at Disney.
As Disney continues to churn out more and more live-action remakes, another childhood classic has come into the mix and this time, it's Pinocchio. While Disney is completely focused on Frozen 2 and The Little Mermaid live-action remake right now, it looks like the Pinocchio remake is also finally taking shape.
According to an exclusive report from Variety, the live-action remake Pinocchio has been in the talks for many years, with several directors in contention. A couple of them also include Skyfall's Sam Mendes and Paddington's Paul King.
And now, it looks like filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct the upcoming project at Disney. Although the deal hasn't been set in stone yet, Zemeckis has been eyeing the project for a while.
However, he has been rather caught up with his upcoming “The Witches” for Warner Bros. and hence, decided to completely focus on it until it went to production. 'The Witches' is already in post-production now, so it is very likely Zemeckis might just sign the deal on “Pinocchio” which is reportedly high on his list.
The report also added that Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz will be producing through their company Depth of Field with Weitz helming the script of the movie.
Soon after the internet got to know that Pinocchio is also getting a live-action remake at Disney, they have expressed their dissatisfaction with the global brand for ruining childhood classics with yet another remake.
Yay another billion for Disney as they completely rework the movie to remove everything that made the original great.— We’re all Butch Bacon (@iAmMistaS) October 18, 2019
"In order for Disney to stop making remakes: Step 1: Stop paying to see them. Step 2: Pay to see other movies that aren’t remakes, sequels, reboots, adaptations, spin offs, etc," a Twitter user said. Meanwhile, another added: 'Yay another billion for Disney as they completely rework the movie to remove everything that made the original great."
In order for Disney to stop making remakes:— houze with a Z. (@TravisHouze) October 19, 2019
Step 1: Stop paying to see them.
Step 2: Pay to see other movies that aren’t remakes, sequels, reboots, adaptations, spin offs, etc.
Wow, how the mighty have fallen. What a shame. Such a talented director wasting his time to remake something shot by shot.— Sharan Manjunath (@manjumeth95) October 18, 2019
Disney had also faced quite some flak for its upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie caused a stir on social media, particularly over its casting.
When singer-actor Halle Bailey from Chloe x Halle was tapped by Disney to play Ariel, many fans were not too happy about it. Many even tossed a ton of racist hate at Bailey and Disney because a black actress playing Ariel was something they just couldn't fathom.
However, the director knew exactly what he was doing when it comes to casting. “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Rob Marshall said in a statement.
He had spent a lot of time casting the perfect Ariel and he finally cast Bailey as the iconic Disney character. Will you be watching these live-action remakes? Let us know!