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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
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
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. »
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
Breaking Glass Pictures will release Razors, the first installment in a new horror franchise, on DVD and On Demand this October. Staring Kelby Keenan, Josh Myers (Antisocial), and the late Kan Bonfils (Skyfall, Batman Begins), Razors follows a group of young writers who come face-to-face with the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper in the modern …
Who better to show you around the sights of London than a royal? When it comes to the dream tour guide, it’s not royal couple Prince William and Princess Kate, nor fun-loving Prince Harry who top the list. According to a new poll, most Americans would want Queen Elizabeth to lead their tour. And the record-breaking monarch didn’t just beat out her royal grandkids in the poll, she also bested several popular British figures (both past and present!), including Adele and David Beckham. The great William Shakespeare came in at the sixth spot, while Late Late Show host »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
“I thought it would be fun to do a big extravagant action film,” Nicolas Winding Refn said earlier this year about his brewing “The Avenging Silence,” and he’s certainly got the team behind him to help make that happen. Notably, the script will be coming from Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (“Casino Royale,” “Quantum Of Solace,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre“), a fact […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Variety first reported last month that Meryl Streep is also in talks to come on board.
Blunt stars as the title character with Manuel-Miranda playing a street lamplighter named Jack. The story will take place in Depression-era London and follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
- Dave McNary
Right now, the James Bond franchise is in a bit of a holding pattern. Spectre did very well at the box office, but didn't quite live up to the expectations that were put on it by its predecessor Skyfall. It was also reportedly a very long and tumultuous shoot, which put some wear and tear on star Daniel Craig. For months, there have been rumors and whispers of the actor walking away from the role of 007, but there is still hope he will return. Well, at the very least, his new gig shouldn't get in the way should he decided that he does want to return as Bond one more time.
Daniel Craig will be playing one of the lead roles in the upcoming Showtime series Purity. There had been some speculation that due to his schedule for the series, it would interfere with him being able to return to »
Myles Kane and Josh Koury are checking into the Voyeur’s Motel. Deadline has the news that the co-directors have completed their documentary “Gay Talese and the Voyeur,” which chronicles the writing of Talese’s controversial nonfiction book “The Voyeur’s Motel.”
Read More: Sam Mendes Takes A Peek Into ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’
The book has gained considerable attention not only for its subject matter — a Colorado motel owner named Gerald Foos who spied on his guests for decades and documented his observations — but also for the fact that its veracity has been called into question. An excerpt was published in The New Yorker earlier this year, while the book itself came out in June. Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights to adapt “The Voyeur’s Motel” into a feature, with Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Skyfall”) having been mentioned as a possible director.
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- Michael Nordine
Simon Columb with 36 actors who could be the 007th James Bond…
Straight off the bat, we’ve got to be open-minded about what defines James Bond. I’d argue that James Bond needs to be have a smart, smooth presentation with a brawling, rough depth beneath the surface. The whole backstory needs to be buried in the character. He needs to be ever-so-slightly uncomfortable in a tuxedo but to such a small extent that it carries the swagger that demands the attention of others in the room. There’s no particular figure, height, age or race that defines this presentation. Being a bit smarmy with the ladies is almost an expectation – especially as ‘Bond Girl’ is so rooted in the series. But, considering M was the Bond Girl in Skyfall, I can appreciate this may need a slight update. Nevertheless, a Jane Bond can’t be entirely off the table. »
- Simon Columb
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