Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes has exited the live-action Pinocchio film being developed at Disney. Mendes has said he won’t return to direct Bond 25 after helming Skyfall and Spectre, both of which were huge at the box office, but that won’t prevent folks from speculating Mendes may now be headed back to the 007 franchise for a third go-around.

Disney has made hay in recent years with live-action revivals of their classic film properties, including Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Cinderella. This year brought Beauty and the Beast, a faithful live-action rendering of the 1991 animated film, which soared to $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office (a development that only ...

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