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Sam Mendes may direct Disney’s live-action James and the Giant Peach

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It is still very early days in the process, but Sam Mendes (SPECTRE) is in talks with Disney to direct a live-action version of James And The Giant Peach. It has been 20 years since Disney released the live-action/stop motion animated movie, directed by Henry Selick and based on the Roald Dahl book.

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out . .

To be honest, as with the recent Jungle Book film, this will also be a mix of live-action and CGI, so not all that different from the previous version. However, it is a great story and there are some scenes in there that could look absolutely stunning using modern technology.

Nick Hornby is also in preliminary talks to write the screenplay, according to Variety.

This joins the ever growing list of live-action titles based on Disney animated films including Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. The studio is developing live-action movies such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Cruella with Emma Stone.

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