Sam Mendes in talks to direct live-action adaptation of ‘James and the Giant Peach’

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Disney live-action adaptation of their animated films have been big hits with audiences, but their live-action adaptations of beloved children’s books haven’t caught on yet. Although Oz: The Great and Powerful did well, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG was a colossal failure. That hasn’t stopped Disney from trying further as Sam Mendes is in early negotiations to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. Both The BFG and James and the Giant Peach were both books by Roald Dahl.

Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) is slated to write the screenplay, but talks are still relatively early. There’s no guarantee a deal with Mendes and Hornby goes down, let alone gets turned into a movie.

James the Giant Peach follows young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach. There he encounters seven magically-altered garden bugs during his time in a surreal adventure. They set off on a journey to escape from James’ aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge.

Disney released an animated version of the film back in 1996 which was directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before ChristmasCoraline). Unfortunately, the film was a total bust, accumulating a total box office gross of $28.9 million in its lifetime.

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Source: Deadline

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