Sam Mendes is believed to be discussing a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty is the most likely candidate to develop the project being developed at Disney. The script has been written by Nick Hornby, who wrote the screenplays for Brooklyn and Wild.

This would be another instalment in Disney's series of live-action takes on their animated films following on Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Pete’s Dragon, with Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan  coming down the line. The original adaptation was released in 1996, featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and Joanna Lumley.

Mendes directed the recent Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre, but he recently announced that he will not be making any more films in the Bond franchise. “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” he said. “But I think it’s time for somebody else”.