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 Voyeur’s Motel” based on Gay Talese’s novel. The story follows a voyeur who “opens a motel to watch people have sex, but gets caught up in criminal activities after he witnesses a murder.” Mendes is listed as attached to direct the film, with four other projects in development for which he’s listed as a producer.