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Sam Mendes in talks for live-action James and the Giant Peach


Story by Jack Foley

SAM Mendes is in talks to direct a live-action version of the Roald Dahl story James and the Giant Peach.

The Oscar-winning director of American Beauty is, according to Deadline, a favourite to land the gig for Disney.

The film would continue Disney’s current trend for turning some of its classic animated titles into live-action versions following the success of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Pete’s Dragon, which is currently on release in UK cinemas.

Live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan are also on the way.

The script for the new version of James and the Giant Peach has already been written by Nick Hornby, whose recent film credits include Brooklyn and Wild.

The original adaptation of the Dahl classic was released in 1996 and featured the voices of Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and Joanna Lumley.

Mendes’s most recent credits are the Bond thrillers Skyfall and Spectre. However, in May he announced that he will not be making any more films in the franchise, opting instead to take on new projects in different genres.

In between directing those commercially successful 007 movies, however, Mendes did turn his hand to theatre and another Dahl story, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, which opened to good reviews and has become a West End smash.

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