Director Sam Mendes Circling Live-Action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Remake

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes could soon be tackling a live-action remake of Disney’s James and the Giant Peach.

As has become the norm for Disney, the studio is tackling a live-action remake of the 1996 live-action/stop-motion hybrid, and American Beauty helmer Mendes could be the man in the director’s chair.

According to Deadline, the studio is currently in early talks with Mendes to develop and direct the picture, which has Nick Hornby attached to the screenplay. Hornby’s credits include An Education and last year’s Brooklyn, both of which earned him Oscar nominations.

James and the Giant Peach tells the story of an orphan who lives with two cruel aunts. After befriending human-like bugs, who live in the titular fruit, James heads on a journey to New York City.

Director Henry Selick’s (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) ’96 adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book earned strong reviews upon release and made $US28.9 million at the U.S. box office.

Mendes’ big-screen credits include the hugely successful Bond film Skyfall and last year’s not-quite-stellar follow-up Spectre. Mendes decided to leave the franchise after the two films, saying earlier this year, “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it’s time for somebody else.”

We’ll keep you informed.

Check out the Blu-ray trailer for the original James and the Giant Peach.