Paddington director Paul King to charge of Disney's live-action reboot of Pinocchio
Paddington director Paul King has signed up to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney.
According to Variety, King, who is also signed up to take charge of a new reboot of Willy Wonka, will work from a script from Kiri writer Jack Thorne.
King replaces Sam Mendes, who was previously attached to the project. Mendes himself followed in the footsteps of Guillermo Del Toro, who was briefly in charge of the re-telling.
The original animation, which told the story of Pinocchio, a puppet who is told he can become a real boy, if he proves himself worthy and stays out of trouble, was released back in 1940 and is considered one of Disney's all-time greats.
Pinocchio is the latest live-action retelling of a Disney classic. They have already released new adaptations of Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and, most recently, Beauty And The Beast.
New adaptations of Dumbo and The Lion King are currently in production, while live-action takes on Mulan and The Sword In The Stone are currently in development.