Sam Mendes is being lined up to direct James And The Giant Peach

It comes after The BFG was released this summer

Sam Mendes is reportedly in talks to direct a live action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach.

The classic fantasy tale was previously adapted by Henry Selick in 1996 with a mixture of live action and stop-motion animation.

But Variety now report that Sam Mendes is being lined up by Disney to direct a new take on the Roald Dahl story, after The BFG was released by the studio earlier this summer.


The film is the latest in a series of classic Disney stories that have been given live action re-imaginings, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast, which is set for release next year starring Emma Watson.

The project will be Mendes’s first behind the camera after Spectre, which he confirmed to be the final Bond film that he would direct, having previously helmed Skyfall.

Confirming his departure, he previously said: “Without giving too much away, the difference here for me is, this movie draws together all four of Daniel’s movies into one final story, and he completes a journey. That wasn’t the case last time. There is a sense of completeness that wasn’t there at the end of ‘Skyfall,’ and that’s what makes this feel different. It feels like there’s a rightness to it, that I have finished a journey.”