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Sam Mendes in Early Talks to Direct Live-Action 'James and the Giant Peach' for Disney

The classic Roald Dahl story was adapted into a stop-motion animation in 1996 by Henry Selick.
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The classic Roald Dahl story was adapted into a stop-motion animation in 1996 by Henry Selick.

Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action James and the Giant Peach, which he is developing with Disney.

Brooklyn scribe Nick Hornby is in early talks to adapt the 1961 Roald Dahl children's book, which follows an orphan boy as he travels to New York City with a rag-tag group of anthropomorphic bugs by way of a large piece of magical produce.

Walt Disney Animation released a 1996 animated version of the story directed by stop-motion master Henry Selick, which reunited him with his Nightmare Before Christmas collaborator Tim Burton, who produced the film. 

The summer, Disney released a different live-action Dahl adaptation, The BFG, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and marked the first collaboration between the Oscar-winning director and the studio.

Mendes directed the last two installments in Daniel Craig's James Bond tenure, Skyfall and Spectre, and is currently attached to direct an adaptation of Gay Talese's upcoming book, The Voyeur's Motel.

Mendes is repped by CAA, the U.K.'s The Agency and Ziffren Brittenham.

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