Sam Mendes is eyeing the director’s chair for a live-action remake of “James and the Giant Peach.” Variety reports that the deal is in the very early stages.
In addition, the outlet reports that Nick Hornby (“Brooklyn”) is also in early talks to adapt the screenplay.
The original 1996 film, which was a combination of stop-motion and live-action, was based on the book by Roald Dahl. That film was directed by Henry Selick.
The film follows the adventures of James (Paul Terry), an orphaned young British boy. Forced to live with his cruel aunts (Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes), James finds a way out of his troubles when he discovers a giant enchanted peach. After rolling into the sea inside the buoyant fruit, James, accompanied by a crew of friendly talking insects, sets sail for New York City.
Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi produced.
Mendes is an Oscar-winning director (“American Beauty”). He is also known for “Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road.” Mendes also directed Daniel Craig in the most recent Bond films, “Spectre” and “Skyfall.” His upcoming project, “The Voyeur’s Motel,” follows a voyeur who opens a motel to watch other people have sex. He instead gets caught up in criminal activities after he witnesses a murder. That film is based on a Gay Talese novel of the same name.
Hornby is a two-time Oscar nominee for “Brooklyn” and “An Education.” He also adapted the screenplay for 2014’s “Wild.”
There is no word yet on a potential cast or production schedule for “James and the Giant Peach.”
The project is one of many live-action remakes in production at Disney. The studio has “Beauty and the Beast” next spring with Emma Watson. They also have “The Little Mermaid” with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as “Cruella” with Emma Stone.