Sam Mendes in talks to direct James And The Giant Peach

Director Sam Mendes could be going from Bond to Dahl with a live action adaptation of James And The Giant Peach for Disney…

It’s 20 years since the release of Henry Selick’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach – a sweet and sometimes macabre fantasy brought to life with a charming mix of live-action and stop-motion animation. The movie wasn’t a huge hit, but it remains a beautifully-crafted highlight in Selick’s career.

Disney certainly hasn’t forgotten about James Henry Trotter and his adventures aboard a giant, floating peach; the Dahl story is set to be the latest in a string of live-action adaptations, which has so far in cluded the likes of Maleficent and this year’s The Jungle Book. According to Variety, American Beauty, Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in talks to direct a new James And The Giant Peach, with an adapted screenplay written by Nick Hornby.

As we saw in The Jungle Book, modern CGI is capable of producing the kind of realistic creature effects that simply wouldn’t have been possible in 1996, so we can expect to see computer-animated versions of Miss Spider and Mr Grasshopper meld seamlessly with whichever young actor lands the peachy role of James.

ames And The Giant Peach is but one in a long line of live-action adaptations Disney has planned for the next few years. Next up we have Beauty And The Beast, due out in spring 2017, and there are also movies planned for The Little Mermaid, Winnie The Pooh and Sword In The Stone.

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