Live-action James And The Giant Peach film in the works

Sam Mendes is helming a James And The Giant Peach live-action remake

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If this summer’s The BFG left you desperate for your next Roald Dahl movie fix, you’re in luck.

According to DeadlineSkyfall and American Beauty helmer Sam Mendes is currently in early talks to develop and direct a live-action version of Roald Dahl’s children’s book James And The Giant Peach. Scribe Nick Hornby (BrooklynWild) is set to pen the screenplay.

This will be the second retelling of James And The Giant Peach to hit the big screen, after Henry Selick’s (Coraline) stop-motion animation version in 1996.

Like The BFG and the 1996 James And The Giant Peach, the new film will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures, but it doesn’t yet have a release date. It will be joining a long list of live-action remakes currently in the works, including DumboMulanPeter Pan and The Little Mermaid. 

Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach tells the story of an orphan boy who attempts to escape his two mean aunts by means of a giant magical peach. Inside the peach, he makes friends with a group of talking garden bugs, and together they set off on a surreal cross-world adventure. It’s quite trippy.

There is currently no release date for James And The Giant Peach. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.