Sam Mendes has cut his strings from Disney’s live-action adaption of the animated 1940 classic Pinocchio.

The Oscar-winning director had been in talks to direct the project since May, but The Tracking Board has confirmed that he has now dropped out, leaving Disney to find a new director to fill the void.

Mendes had previously stepped down from directing a live adaption of Roald Dahl’s story James and the Giant Peach in favor of Pinocchio. No reason for his exit from Pinocchio has been given. Despite whispers of Mendes teaming back up with Daniel Craig for another James Bond movie, the official word is that this is not related.

Pinocchio will be the latest in a string of adaptions of animated Disney classics, and tells the tale of a wooden puppet who is brought to life and his quest to become a real boy. Despite losing Mendes, we can’t imagine Disney will have much trouble finding someone else interested in pulling the proverbial strings.

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