Spielberg’s The BFG may not have set the box office alight but that doesn’t seem to have dampened Disney’s appetite to make a live-action movie out of another Roald Dahl giant. A giant fruit this time.
According to Variety, Disney is in talks with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) to direct a big screen version of James And The Giant Peach. Mendes, of course, has previous form adapting Dahl, having directed the lavish stage musical version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Disney is also in negotiations with Nick Hornby (About A Boy, High Fidelity) to provide the script. That’s one hell of a dream team.
The book is about an orphan, James Trotter, forced to live with his odious Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker until a magical mistake makes a peach on a tree in the garden – along with a bunch of nearby insects – grow to enormous size. When James crawls inside the peach it snaps off the tree and rolls towards the sea and shark-infested adventures.
The film was previously turned into a (very, very good) stop animation film in 1996 by regular Tim Burton collaborator Henry Selick (Burton produced).