Sam Mendes, Nick Hornby in talks for live-action James and the Giant Peach
Another of Roald Dahl’s stories is on track to be made into a live-action movie.
Director Sam Mendes and writer Nick Hornby are in very early talks for Disney’s James and the Giant Peach, EW has confirmed. Mendes would direct and develop the project, while Hornby would write the screenplay.
Disney turned James into an animated feature, directed by Tim Burton, in 1996. Earlier this summer, Steven Spielberg shepherded another Dahl story, The BFG, into theaters; that film earned $153 million worldwide.
Mendes won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for American Beauty, his feature-length debut. More recently, the English director led up the last two James Bond installments in Skyfall and Spectre.
Hornby is an accomplished author best known for Fever Pitch, his tortured love letter to soccer fandom, as well as High Fidelity and About a Boy — books eventually turned into films. He wrote the screenplays for Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and Brooklyn; the latter netted Hornby an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Deadline first reported the news.