August 26, 2016


'James and the Giant Peach' Live-Action Movie: How Many Giant Bugs Are We Getting?


I'm not sure who keeps asking for them, but Disney will continue to churn out live-action films as along as there's a profitable market for them. Their latest reveal is an upcoming James and the Giant Peach reboot in real-life form, because who doesn't want to be skeeved out by a huge centipede?

Deadline reports British director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Spectre) is planning to helm the live-action film, with Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) writing the screenplay. According to their sources, the discussion about the James and the Giant Peach project is in "the very early stages."

The original Disney film (released in 1996) was a mix of live-action and stop-motion animation, and follows a young boy named James, who escapes his horrible aunts Spiker and Sponge by escaping on a magical peach where he befriends friendly bugs.

This announcement comes after Disney's confirmation of The Little Mermaid live-action reboot (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken are composing the music). If that wasn't enough, other live-action films in the works are the sequel to April's The Jungle BookBeauty and the Beast (out March 2017), CruellaTim Burton's Dumbo and a Tinker Bell flick. There are also rumors about Mulan, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh. It. Never. ENDS!

For more nostalgia fun, see our picks for Disney films that deserve the live-action treatment and a list of the most underrated Disney Channel films.