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Sam Mendes & Disney in Talks to Direct Live-Action ‘James And The Giant Peach’

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Director Sam Mendes is reportedly in early talks with Disney to develop and direct a live-action of James And The Giant Peach.

This comes 20 years after Disney released the animated movie James And The Giant Peach which was directed by Henry Selick.  The movie was based on a popular children’s novel written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl.  Here is a look at the 1996 trailer:

James And The Giant Peach tells the story of a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets. They set off on a journey to escape from James’ two mean and cruel aunts.


Sam Mendes is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

Nick Hornby is also in early talks to write the screenplay for the project.  Nick Hornby is best known for his novels High Fidelity and About a Boy.

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