The rather substantial body count of two James Bond films appears to have rubbed off on director Sam Mendes — and now he could be looking for some lighter fare. Deadline reports that the director of both “Skyfall” and “Spectre” is in very early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of the children’s story “James and the Giant Peach” for Disney from a script by Nick Hornby.
Based on the classic work by Roald Dahl, the tale centers on a lonely orphan, James, befriending a troupe of anthropomorphic bugs who reside in — you guessed it — a giant peach as they all make their way towards New York City. This is the second time Dahl’s book has been adapted for the big screen. Henry Selick helmed a well-received live-action/stop motion hybrid featuring some heavy artistic influence from producer Tim Burton (“Corpse Bride,” “Big Fish”) for Walt Disney Animation back in 1996, and went on to gross $28.9 million domestically.
If the film follows recent Disney trends, the newest version will most likely be some combination of live action and CGI, and would be the latest announced in a series of live-action reimaginings from the Walt vaults. “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book” all saw recent theatrical releases, with “The Little Mermaid,” “Dumbo,” “Cruella” and “Beauty and the Beast” all slated for the near future. Since the discussions between Mendes and Disney are in the early stages, it’s likely audiences won’t see this particular adaptation for at least a couple years.
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