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Sam Mendes to direct, Nick Hornby to write Disney’s live-action James and the Giant Peach

on August 26, 2016, 9:58am

Did you know Disney is responsible for this year’s four highest grossing films? Yep. Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion), Zootopia ($1.02 billion), The Jungle Book ($955.6 million), and Finding Dory ($916.4 million) have all net the Mouse House ridiculous amounts of cash, making them the envy of Hollywood. To top it all off, Rogue One is still a couple months away.

The only two duds for the studio this year have been Johnny Depp’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, both legitimate projects that made sense on paper. However, one can’t be too sure about their latest project: According to Deadline, Disney plans to develop a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and Giant the Peach with director Sam Mendes and writer Nick Hornsby.

Now, this is something of a head-scratcher considering Dahl’s name on The BFG did little, if anything, to draw out moviegoers this summer. So, why Disney would opt to adapt this one, when they have Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid on the way is beyond me. Besides, Henry Selick and Tim Burton’s 1996 adaptation is still a popcorn classic.

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