Legendary director Steven Spielberg is an increasingly busy man, and it seems that he likes it that way. While we’ve known for awhile now that he would be directing an adaptation of The BFG written by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, and that the film would be coming in 2016, we now have a new idea of what the behind the scenes make-up of that project is as it gets ready to go into active production.
According to a report from Variety, Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG will now be co-financed with the Walt Disney Company, basically turning this film into Spielberg’s first directing job with the studio in his 44-plus year feature film directing career. Releasing a statement about just that fact, Spielberg credits some of his longtime collaborators with bringing this project into fruition, including current Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. He says,
It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start The BFG, alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison. Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture.
The novel on which the film will be based, also called The BFG, stands for “Big Friendly Giant.” Published in 1982, The BFG is about a young orphan named Sophie who befriends the titular giant as they try and stop other giants from eating people. The BFG instead eats a foul vegetable called a “snozzcumber” which allows him to survive just fine, and he befriends Sophie as they go off on their adventure together.
The film has already cast most of its principal actors, including actor Mark Rylance (The Gunman) as the BFG himself, newcomer actress Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, and Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”) and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords,” Men in Black 3) as giants.
Spielberg will be directing from a screenplay by Melissa Matheson, with whom he collaborated on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and is scheduled to be released on July 1st, 2016 — which, coincidentally enough, would’ve been Dahl’s 100th birthday. or more on the film as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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