sgamet – James Bond Director Sam Mendes in Talks for Live-Action James and the Giant Peach


“Very early stages” of negotiations.

Disney’s live-action adaptation of James and the Giant Peach may have found its director in Sam Mendes.

According to Deadline, the director — who helmed the two most recent James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre — is currently in the “very early stages” of negotiations to both develop and direct the project, a screenplay for which is being penned by Brooklyn writer Nick Hornby.

Disney has been incredibly active these past few years in adapting classic stories for live-action. Earlier this year, the studio released Jon Favreau’s live-action take on The Jungle Book, which was praised by critics and already has a sequel in the works.

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Additionally, a Beauty and the Beast adaptation starring Emma Watson releases next year, and a Little Mermaid live-action feature is currently under consideration.

For more on James and the Giant Peach, check out IGN’s review of the 2010 Blu-ray version of Henry Selick’s adaptation.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube.

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