As we all know Disney are currently pumping the live-action movie machine like there’s no tomorrow. Cinderella and The BFG have been done and dusted, Beauty and the Beast is on it’s way and The Little Mermaid is currently in development. Now, they are looking at Sam Mendes to direct the next adventure; James and the Giant Peach.
James and the Giant Peach isn’t exactly a classic animated Disney adventure but a stop-motion feature from 1996 which was directed by Henry Selick. The movie is absolutely brilliant and visually stunning and also may or may not have terrorised some children. Not me though, definitely not, nope.
Disney are currently working on getting this into their live-action movie machine with Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) on writing duty. Sam Mendes (Spectre, Skyfall) is currently the man that Disney are looking at directing the Roald Dahl adaptation. It’s early days yet but he is in talks with the studio to come on board so it has peaked his interests.
The story of James and the Giant Peach follows the young orphan James who escapes from his mean and antagonistic aunts when he joins some human-sized talking bugs and their flying giant peach on their way to New York. A little crazy, perhaps, but the 1996 film is an absolute classic.