According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg has officially signed on to direct the live-action adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children’s book, “The BFG.” Spielberg is expected to start working on the film in early 2015, with a release date set for 2016. This won’t be the first time the book has been adapted into a film, and animated movie aired on British TV back in 1989. DreamWorks acquired the rights to it in 2011.
Perhaps the most exciting detail though, is that The BFG will reunite Spielberg and E.T. screenwriter, Melissa Mathison. This project just keeps getting better by the minute!
“The BFG”, which was published in 1982, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a Big Friendly Giant and a young orphan girl and is equally well-known for its memorable Quentin Blake illustrations.
In addition to The BFG, Spielberg is also attached to an adaptation of the David Kertzer novel “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” and an untitled Cold War project with Tom Hanks. Of course last week, it was revealed by director, Richard Donner that Spielberg had developed an idea for a sequel to The Goonies. I say the more Spielberg projects the better!
What do you think Spielberg taking on Dahl? Let us know in the comments!
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