Sam Mendes May Direct ‘Pinocchio,’ Focus Gets ‘Little Stranger,’ Zack Snyder Steps Away From ‘Justice League’

Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ The studio is in early talks with the American Beauty and Skyfall director for the project. Last we heard, Peter Hedges was penning a script loosely based on the original story. (COLL) Focus Picks…

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Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

The studio is in early talks with the American Beauty and Skyfall director for the project. Last we heard, Peter Hedges was penning a script loosely based on the original story. (COLL)

Focus Picks Up Lenny Abrahamson, Domhnall Gleeson Ghost Story ‘The Little Stranger’

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming The Little Stranger, starring Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. (SD)

Zack Snyder Steps Down From ‘Justice League’ To Deal With Family Tragedy

The filmmaker’s daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and hire Joss Whedon to finish the Warner Bros. superhero pic. (THR)

Annabelle Wallis Tapped For ‘Tag’; Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms Comedy From New Line

Annabelle Wallis has been set to star in the New Line comedy alongside Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. Jeff Tomsic is directing from a script by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick. (DH)

James Wan Will Produce The ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

Director James Wan is on board to produce the Resident Evil reboot. Greg Russo will write the script. (SF)

Cannes: Sundance Selects Acquires Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’

The Director’s Fortnight entry is the first film to be produced under Martin Scorsese’s new fund to help emerging filmmakers. (IW)

Lauren Graham’s ‘Linda From HR’ Not Moving Forward At Fox

Fox is letting Linda From HR go. The network has opted not to move forward with the Lauren Graham-fronted comedy pilot. (TVL)

‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled After One Season At NBC

The series from superproducer Dick Wolf  followed prosecutor Peter Stone, the ambitious Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for the city of Chicago. The series also starred Carl Weathers, Monica Barbaro, Joelle Carter, and Jon Seda. (VAR)

The Spec Book

Tracking Board has created this exclusive and unprecedented book for the 4th year running. The Spec Book gives you an insider’s look into one of the most exciting, but elusive parts of our industry – the spec market. (TB)