Disney Wants Sam Mendes For Live-Action 'James And The Giant Peach'

Roald Dahl may be one of our most beloved authors, but his last adaptation, Steven Spielberg's The BFG, was a huge failure. That won't stop Disney from bringing another of his cherished novels to the screen, however, as they are lining up some impressive talent for a live-action James and the Giant Peach, which was previously adapted to great acclaim in 1996 by Henry Selick and Tim Burton.

Variety reports Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in very early talks to direct James and the Giant Peach, with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, High Fidelity) penning the script. The classic 1961 novel, Dahl's first for children, centered on a lonely boy who befriends a bunch of insects inside a giant magical peach.

Disney was also behind the 1996 stop-motion film so this counts as yet another of their live-action remakes. Mendes has been keeping a low profile since bowing out of the next Bond movie to pursue different projects. This would be about as different from Bond as possible, so he's at least getting what he wants.