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Dreamworks bringing Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant to life

09.28.2011
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Roald Dahl was one of my favorite authors growing up, and one that I don't actually mind hearing about when his books are being turned into films. I thought Wes Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX went quite well, and I could see a similar result happening for this next venture.

Dreamworks is taking one of my favorite Dahl books, The BFG, and turning it into a feature film. The letters stand for "Big Friendly Giant" and the book is about a boy who befriends a nice giant, but must combat a host of other larger, meaner, man-eating giants that scoop up humans at night.

Despite what you might initially think, this is not going to Dreamworks animation and will instead be a live action version of the book. I think that the technology is in place to make that work, as I think it's possible to render giants and regular humans together in a way that doesn't look too goofy. That was the least of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS' problems.

The script is being written by ET's Melissa Mathison, but no actors or directors are attached the project yet. Can you think of anyone for the director's chair right off the bat? Anyone who is asking to play a giant? I vote Jason Momoa as one of them.

Extra Tidbit: As I recall, with all the human eating, this was fairly messed up for a kids' book.
Source: The Wrap

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5:41AM on 09/29/2011

the BFG?

there's only one person who springs to mind to play the BFG: David Kelly, best known for grandpa joe on the new charlie and the chocolate factory.
there's only one person who springs to mind to play the BFG: David Kelly, best known for grandpa joe on the new charlie and the chocolate factory.
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3:28PM on 09/28/2011
Would calling for Spike Jonze to direct be typecasting? Would it be wrong?
Would calling for Spike Jonze to direct be typecasting? Would it be wrong?
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1:29PM on 09/28/2011
I love Roald Dahls books, and his work has adapted surprisingly well to the big screen in my opinion.
I love Roald Dahls books, and his work has adapted surprisingly well to the big screen in my opinion.
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12:39PM on 09/28/2011

Imagine if...

In DOOM, the BFG fires a big friendly giant!! That isn't so friendly!!! - these are the thoughts of 10 year old me.
In DOOM, the BFG fires a big friendly giant!! That isn't so friendly!!! - these are the thoughts of 10 year old me.
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11:39AM on 09/28/2011
Excellent book, and I picture Abe Vigoda when I look at that pic.
Excellent book, and I picture Abe Vigoda when I look at that pic.
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11:36AM on 09/28/2011
I believe it was a GIRL called Sophie who befriended the BFG.
I believe it was a GIRL called Sophie who befriended the BFG.
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11:34AM on 09/28/2011

Roald Dahl

Bring back memories when I was kid...
Bring back memories when I was kid...
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