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Despite suffering a box office dud with Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, it looks like Disney is keen on taking another crack at a live-action Roald Dahl adaptation, with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Spectre) is in talks to develop and direct a James and the Giant Peach movie.
Dahl’s 1961 children’s book centres on a young orphan boy who befriends human-like bugs living inside a giant magical peach, and together they embark on an adventure to escape his cruel aunts. The script for the new film is being penned by Nick Hornby (Wild, Brooklyn).
Having secured the rights in 1992 following Dahl’s passing (with the author having rejected a number of offers during his lifetime), Disney previously brought the book to the big screen back in 1996, with Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) directing a live-action/stop-motion animated hybrid version, which was produced by Tim Burton.
- Amie Cranswick
According to Deadline Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Disney’s James and the Giant Peach. But wait a minute, wasn’t James and the Giant Peach already partially live-action? Why yes it was, you are completely right. Then again, Disney made a live-action The Jungle Book in […]
James and the Giant Peach: Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) is in early talks to develop and then direct a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach, based on a book by Roald Dahl. First published in 1961, the book follows a young orphan boy and his adventures inside a gigantic peach. Henry Selick directed a stop-motion animated version in 1996 (above). Nick Hornby (Wild; Brooklyn) has been tapped to write a new script for Disney. [Deadline] Inner City: Denzel Washington (The Magnificent Seven, above) is considering a starring role in legal drama Inner City. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) wrote the original screenplay and is attached to direct. If things work out, Washington will portray a lawyer dealing with a major change at his company. The movie is said to be...
- Peter Martin
One of my favorite movies growing up was 1996's James and the Giant Peach, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic tale. It told the story of an orphan who lives with his two mean aunts, because his parents died from a wild Rhino. James befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they journey to New York City.
The delightful tale may be making a comeback as James Bond director Sam Mendes is in early talks with Disney to develop and direct a live-action James and the Giant Peach, according to a report by Deadline. The screenplay is being written by "Brooklyn" screenwriter, Nick Hornby.
Since it's in such an early stage, there aren't many details to uncover. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature. The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of […]
- Ethan Anderton
Now that his tenure overseeing the James Bond franchise is all but over – barring a radical change of heart, of course – writer-director Sam Mendes is beginning to seek pastures anew.
He’ll remain in the realm of high-profile tentpoles, it seems, as Deadline is reporting that the Oscar-winner has entered early talks to direct and develop a new, live-action spin on James and the Giant Peach for Disney.
It’s the latest redo of a previously animated movie to tumble off the conveyor belt over at the House of Mouse, which has found marked success through such crowd-pleasing hits as Alice in Wonderland and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. That streak looks set to continue long into 2017 with the release of Beauty and the Beast, indicating that Disney is likely prepping this James and the Giant Peach overhaul for release in late 2018 or, potentially, 2019.
Whatever the case, should Mendes »
- Michael Briers
Director Sam Mendes in early conversations to come aboard a live action version of “James and the Giant Peach” for Disney, Deadline reports. Nick Hornby is writing the screenplay for the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s novel.
Henry Selick previously directed the 1996 animated feature “James and the Giant Peach” for Walt Disney Animation. The film grossed $28.9 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. Dahl’s story follows an orphan living with his two cruel aunts when he meets and befriends a group human-like bugs living inside a giant peach. Together, they embark on a trip to New York City.
Mendes’ latest feature directing job was last year’s James Bond film “Spectre,” his second of the franchise after 2012’s “Skyfall.” He has stated publicly that he’s done with the Bond franchise, however. Other projects listed as “in development” on IMDb Pro for Mendes include the drama-thriller “The »
- Graham Winfrey
Looks like Disney is talking another one of Roald Dahl's (The Bfg) classics and turing it into a new film. Deadline is reporting that Sam Mendes in early talks to develop and direct James And The Giant Peach, a live-action project in the works at Disney. The book was adapted into a feature by Henry Selick via Walt Disney Animation in 1996.
The story centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets. They set off on a journey to New York City as their final destination to escape from James' two mean and cruel aunts.
- Kellvin Chavez
Fresh off the heels of all that Bond, director Sam Mendes looks to be switching his focus to more family-oriented, less suave fair with a live-action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. According to Deadline, the Spectre director is in early talks to helm the project off a script penned by Nick Hornby with Disney backing. James and the Giant Peach was last seen on the big screen in animated form in 1996.
In other news, Deadline reports the Ocean’s Eight crew has found a member in Sarah Paulson, who is in talks to join the heist flick that already stars Paulson’s Carol co-star Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. The project is helmed by Gary Ross (Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) off a script co-written by Ross and Olivia Milch. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh produce. The film is slated for 2017 release. »
- Mike Mazzanti
With Sam Mendes confirming earlier this year that after two films, “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” he was moving on from the James Bond franchise, he’s wasted little time in filling up his schedule. He’s already signed on to direct the Steven Spielberg-produced drama “The Voyeur’s Motel,” and in a move that suggests Mendes hasn’t tired of making […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Trade bible Variety reports that Mendes is in “very early” negotiations with the studio to bring the classic story to the screen. They also report that Nick Hornby is also in preliminary talks to write the screenplay.
Here’s the official book synopsis for the classic story.
James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He hasn’t got a single friend in the whole wide world. That is not, until he meets the Old Green Grasshopper and the rest of the insects aboard a giant, magical peach! James and the Giant Peach was Roald Dahl’s first classic novel for children.
As we stated, talks are in their very early stages. We’ll bring you more as it comes in. »
- Paul Heath
James and the Giant Peach: Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) is in early talks to develop and then direct a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach, based on a book by Roald Dahl. First published in 1961, the book follows a young orphan boy and his adventures inside a gigantic peach. Henry Selick directed a stop-motion animated version in 1996 (above). Nick Hornby (Wild; Brooklyn) has been tapped to write a new script for Disney. [Deadline] Inner City: Denzel Washington...
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Ryan Lambie Aug 26, 2016
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 »
Just a few months after DreamWorks brought Roald Dahl's The Bfg to life on the big screen, Disney is taking another one of the author's timeless works and turning it into a new movie. Disney has brought on Spectre director Sam Mendes to direct a live action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. This year actually marks the 20th anniversary of the animated adaptation of the same novel, which featured a voice cast that included Richard Dreyfus, Jane Leeves and Susan Sarandon.
Deadline reports that Sam Mendes will direct and develop the story, with Nick Hornby set to write the screenplay. Negotiations are in very early stages at this point, but this would be quite the change of pace for the director, who is coming off of two back-to-back James Bond films, Skyfall and last year's Spectre. The filmmaker announced a few months ago that he would not be returning to the franchise. »
After helming two back to back James Bond movies, it appears as if Sam Mendes will be heading in a very different direction for his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s currently in early talks with Disney to bring a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach, the classic 1961 tale from beloved author Roald Dahl, […]
- Josh Wilding
Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg wasn’t really the smash-hit that Disney probably hoped it would be, but it definitely didn’t sour the studio’s opinion of adaptations based on Roald Dahl books. After all, something with a familiar title is a lot more valuable than some silly original idea, and nobody wants to pay money to see something they haven’t already heard of. Anyway, Deadline is reporting that Disney is in “early talks” with Skyfall director Sam Mendes to develop a new adaptation of Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach. This will be the second time Dahl’s book about has made it to the big-screen, but Deadline says this one will be live-action—presumably meaning that it won’t pull the same trick as the last movie’s combination of live-action bits and stop-motion stuff.
For those who don’t recall the plot of the »
- Sam Barsanti
The original book, both fanciful and macabre, was published in 1961 and centered on 4-year-old James Henry Trotter, who lives in England with his loving parents until his parents are killed by a rhinoceros. He’s taken in by his two cruel aunts and leaves several years later thanks to an old man giving him magic crocodile tongues which produce a massive single peach — which contains human-like insects who befriend James.
- Dave McNary
Disney doesn’t look to be pulling the reins in on their live-action remakes anytime soon. (And who can blame them with The Jungle Book sitting pretty in spot no. 3 at the 2016 box office?) Now the House of Mouse is in early development on a live-action James and the Giant Peach. Oscar winner Sam Mendes is in talks to direct, Deadline reported Thursday. No word yet on whether a live-action take on the tale of James and the bugs he befriends would be more directly based on the 1996 Disney stop-motion film or on the source material, Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s novel. This comes shortly after the release of another Dahl adaptation that Disney placed in the hands of another Oscar-winning director, Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg. Mendes is better known for his adult-geared fare — like American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and the two most recent 007 films — but he has delved into family-friendly entertainment. »
- Emily Rome
Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two James Bond films, is in very early talks to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action “James and the Giant Peach,” a source with knowledge of the film confirmed to TheWrap. Nick Hornby is also in early talks to write the screenplay. Disney released an animated version of the 1961 Roald Dahl novel back in 1996, and it made $28.9 million at the box office. That movie was live action for the first 20 minutes, and then it transitioned into stop-motion animation while the title character is inside the peach. Susan Sarandon starred as the main voice »
- Matt Pressberg
Exclusive: Sam Mendes in early talks to develop and direct James And The Giant Peach, a live-action project in the works at Disney with Nick Hornby penning the screenplay. We’re hearing the talks are in the very early stages. This would be the latest animated pic-turned-live action play for Disney. The Roald Dahl book was adapted into a feature by Henry Selick via Walt Disney Animation in 1996. The story centers on an orphan who lives with his two mean aunts who befriends… »
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