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Sam Mendes in talks to direct James and the Giant Peach for Disney

08.25.2016

Sam Mendes James and the Giant Peach

At this point I'm convinced that Disney is just going to remake everything and, despite our grumblings, will make a trillion dollars in the process. The next project on Disney's remake block will be a new re-imagining of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," which was previously adapted by Henry Selick for Disney in the live-action/animated hybrid of the same name back in 1996.

Deadline reports that Sam Mendes (SPECTRE) is currently in early talks to develop and direct JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. Much like the rest of Disney's recent remakes, this one will do away with the animated segments and be an entirely live-action affair. Talks are still in the very early stages, but should Mendes officially sign on, I'd imagine that it'd be quite the refresher after coming off back-to-back James Bond films. Nick Hornby (BROOKLYN) is also in early talks to pen the screenplay.

A synopsis of "James and the Giant Peach" via Amazon:

When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find." Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing.

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Source: Deadline

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5:29PM on 08/26/2016
I think a lot of people forget about James and the Giant Peach. At least in comparison to Nightmare Before Christmas. But it's one of the better, more unique Roald Dahl adaptations out there. And Sam Mendes is a director I think could do so much more. Bottom line, not in favor of this, but I do have faith in the guy behind it.
I think a lot of people forget about James and the Giant Peach. At least in comparison to Nightmare Before Christmas. But it's one of the better, more unique Roald Dahl adaptations out there. And Sam Mendes is a director I think could do so much more. Bottom line, not in favor of this, but I do have faith in the guy behind it.
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9:41AM on 08/26/2016

They should hand it back to Henry Selick

The 1996 movie would have been really good if Disney had stayed out of Selick's way. That said, I'm kind of intrigued by what Sam Mendes would bring to the table; he's a big enough name that he should be immune to the usual executive stupidity.
The 1996 movie would have been really good if Disney had stayed out of Selick's way. That said, I'm kind of intrigued by what Sam Mendes would bring to the table; he's a big enough name that he should be immune to the usual executive stupidity.
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1:09AM on 08/26/2016

Another?

I am having so much trouble keeping track of all these PG-type live action remakes. I swear to God, if you'd asked me earlier tonight if I'd seen the James and the Giant Peach movie that Mendes directed 3 years ago, I would have said "Oh, I heard about that, I missed it, was it good?"
I am having so much trouble keeping track of all these PG-type live action remakes. I swear to God, if you'd asked me earlier tonight if I'd seen the James and the Giant Peach movie that Mendes directed 3 years ago, I would have said "Oh, I heard about that, I missed it, was it good?"
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9:20PM on 08/25/2016

What The Fuck?!?!?!?!

One of my two all-time favorite movies of the 90s (tied with EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) and one of my all-time favorite movies period....is getting a remake?! With no Tim Burton and none of his clay-animated style?! I really have no idea how to put it, but this is incredibly shocking!
One of my two all-time favorite movies of the 90s (tied with EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) and one of my all-time favorite movies period....is getting a remake?! With no Tim Burton and none of his clay-animated style?! I really have no idea how to put it, but this is incredibly shocking!
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1:07AM on 08/26/2016
Tim Burton had a lot less to do with the making of Giant Peach than most tend to think. Although they take a lot of public credit, producers (as Burton was for Peach) don't really do much in terms of the art direction. The famous names are only used to sell a final product. The true reason people have fond memories of this film and Nightmare Before Christmas was all due to Henry Selick. Once Tim Burton stopped collaborating with Selick, his animated films suffered. Corpse Bride and
Tim Burton had a lot less to do with the making of Giant Peach than most tend to think. Although they take a lot of public credit, producers (as Burton was for Peach) don't really do much in terms of the art direction. The famous names are only used to sell a final product. The true reason people have fond memories of this film and Nightmare Before Christmas was all due to Henry Selick. Once Tim Burton stopped collaborating with Selick, his animated films suffered. Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, in my opinion, were very disappointing... and Burton couldn't even direct the former on his own.

Regardless; Based on the last handful of movies Burton has made, would you REALLY want him directing a new James & the Giant Peach? (Probably starring Johnny Depp as the grasshopper - now the new main character)
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