Spielberg to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG

Spielberg to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG

Roald Dahl's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is getting a live action film.

Director Steven Spielberg has committed to direct the live action adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. The children's book tells the story of a young orphan, Sophie, who is befriended by the titular Big Friendly Giant. The adapted script is penned by Mellissa Mathison, whose previous work includes the script for Spielberg's classic film E.T.. Dreamworks acquired the rights to The BFG in 2011. With Spielberg now attached as director, filming will begin in 2015. The BFG is planned for a 2016 release.

Spielberg has been out of the director's chair since Lincoln in 2012. The 2015 start for The BFG leaves Spielberg room to direct another film. Development is currently underway on several projects for Spielberg to direct, including an unnamed Cold War picture starring Tom Hanks. Based on a true story, Hanks would star as James Donovan, an American attorney who negotiated the release of a downed spy plane pilot. Hanks has previously starred in several Spielberg films, including Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can. Scripts for two historical dramas are also in development (The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and Montezuma), but neither script is complete. Spielberg has not announced which project would come before the Dahl adaptation.

Dahl's The BFG has had one other adaptation. An animated, made-for-TV movie was produced in 1989 in the UK. The popular children's book was first published in 1982, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. In the book, the Big Friendly Giant, whose job is to deliver good dreams to children, steals Sophie away one night. The giant comes from a fantastical land, where larger and much less kindhearted giants dwell. I'm excited to see another Dahl adaptation, especially in the capable hands of Spielberg. What do you think, could The BFG be as big a hit as E.T., Spielberg's other child-meets-fantastic-creature flick?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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i thought it stood for "the big fucking guy" lol.

Man, this is childhood memories.

Fuck yeah, I'd watch this. With an optimistic mind, too, which is rare nowadays.

Heh, I remember this book, surprisingly dark in parts actually for a children's story, Dahl was always good at that. I hope this happens, I would be totally up for watching it :-)

Yeah, i can see this working with Spielberg as a director. Certainly better than it would be if Tim Burton directed it. I'll keep my eye on this project and see how it shapes up.

This book was so insanely dark at some points. XD

I'd watch a Spielberg directed movie of it, though. Either the movie will be a masterpiece or an embarrassing dud.

RJ Dalton:
Certainly better than it would be if Tim Burton directed it.

Aw Christ, just imagine... "Gee, I wonder who I should get to play the BFG? Wearing a stupid hat, and talking in a constantly shifting, ridiculous accent. Hmmmm, who indeed."

Anyway, good to see a behemoth like Spielberg behind a classic fairy tale for once. But I do wonder if he'll have the cojones to kill kids, or should I say, imply that kids are getting eaten. I remember in the animated movie, the other giants were bad motherfuckers.

RJ Dalton:
Yeah, i can see this working with Spielberg as a director. Certainly better than it would be if Tim Burton directed it. I'll keep my eye on this project and see how it shapes up.

Ugh. He'd throw in some stupid sub-plot about the BFG having daddy issues, and let the Depp play him as a neurotic.

I loved this book as a kid. Hope Spielberg/DW can do it justice.

If this doesn't star Benedict Cucumberpatches as the BFG I will flip some goddamn tables.

Oh wow. I haven't thought of this book in years. Glad Spielberg is the one to direct it.

Yay. Spielberg is one of the most consistently worthwhile directors out there, and quite possibly the best I could imagine for bringing a writer like Dahl to the screen.

Bernzz:
Man, this is childhood memories.

Fuck yeah, I'd watch this. With an optimistic mind, too, which is rare nowadays.

Same here, took the words right out of my mouth. I hope it manages to capture that spirit of adventure and wonder that I associate with Spielberg in his earlier works.

Oh wow this takes me back!
Looking forward to Spielberg directing the child book on Titans before Titaaaaaaaaans were cool.

You know, of out of the children book being made into live action/ cgi films, I'm ok with this one. In face I feel like it should of been done (live action as I do know the animated one) years ago.

Sseth:
i thought it stood for "the big fucking guy" lol.

In a children's story? Even Dahl (who had a habit for sneaking dirty jokes all over the place... especially ones that required you read some of his non-children stuff to get them. look up "snozzberries" he only uses them twice in his entire career) even he wouldn't go that far.

Anyway...

huh... if this happens...

Spielberg + Roald Dahl...

this could be the first adaptation of Dahl's work that I'd be genuinely and unreservedly looking forward to since Tim Minchin's adaptation of Matilda.

Well, I got so excited I whiz-popped.

Let me guess, it's going to end with Aliens?

Flunk:
Let me guess, it's going to end with Aliens?

That's only if George Lucas gets involved.

Awesome! The Big Fucking Gun is my favorite Roald Dahl book!

I am actually okay with this.

Actually, yeah, this is one of the few upcoming adaptations that I am looking forward to.

The book is right up Spielberg's alley, and I loved Roald Dahl's books when I was younger(and I still do: they're quite well written without being patronising).

These news made me want to go watch Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox again >.<

I don't know guys, the animated movie we already have was pretty good, can he do better?

Aaaaaaaaand no Robopocalyps. Yes, the name is dumb... but I'd really like just one more Spielberg Sci-Fi.

Spielberg fantasy is a close second I suppose... at least it's not another period war drama.

this is the most optimistic thread i've seen on the escapist in a long time. must be something roald dahl brings out in us.

OT: this could be good. loved the animated one when i was a kid.

Sseth:
i thought it stood for "the big fucking guy" lol.

Hahaha, this is what I thought.

I'm tentatively excited, but I do question how "delicately" he plans on handling the other giants, who were somewhat detailed in their taste for people. Possibly something like in Super8 where it was alluded to but not shown outright?
Either way, definitely going to see it when it's out. "The BFG" is second only to "Matilda" for me, in terms of Dahl books.

A film version exactly like the cartoon version would be perfect. Although, knowing hollywood, i bet its relocated to america (i hope not, the book is a classic.)

Damn, Spielberg is definitely the one to direct this kind of stuff. I remember liking the book a lot. Hope this'll be good.

The original BFG. I loved this story as a kid. If Spielberg brings his A-game this movie will be a giant nostalgia trip for me.

Fuck yeah!!

I've been waiting for this since I was a kid. I wonder how they are going to handle that fizzy drink that makes the giant fart.

Well, I hope it has a period setting rather than the modern-day one that tends to happen when adapting books to movies. I thought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would have been better had it been set around the middle of the 20th century, rather than the beginning of the 21st. Dahl's work tends to feel like it would fit better in a pre-Internet setting.

Come to think of it, Why hasn't anyone done a movie or miniseries adaptation of HG Wells' The War Of The Worlds with a late 19th century setting? After all, that's when the book's set, and it really works there.

I never heard this before, but Spielberg rarely does something that's not amazing. I miss his sci-fi movies though... He should direct Star Wars - Episode VIII!

 

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