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Steven Spielberg to direct adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel The BFG

04.25.2014by:

Earlier this week, we learned that Steven Spielberg was planning to reunite with Tom Hanks for a thriller set during the Cold War. Now we have learned what his project will be after that and it is not ROBOPOCALYPSE.

Variety reports that Spielberg will direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG. Dreamworks optioned the book a few years ago but now Spielberg will tackle it himself. The plan is for production to begin next year for a 2016 release.

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

THE BFG is a popular book for children, especially those looking for other works by Roald Dahl, the man best known for writing CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. This will also mark Spielberg's first true family film since 1991's HOOK. Spielberg issued a brief statement regarding the project.

“’The BFG’ has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honored that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story,”

Seeing Spielberg tackle a fantasy adventure in the old Amblin spirit will be something special. While he has made A.I. and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, most of his work over the last few decades has been skewed towards older audiences. This may be a great opportunity for the old Spielberg heart to shine brightly in a way we haven't seen in a long time.

Source: Variety

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1:04PM on 04/27/2014
Would have much preferred the sniper movie with Bradley Cooper. But, it's better than a West Side Story remake for sure. I still think he could do something better with his time
Would have much preferred the sniper movie with Bradley Cooper. But, it's better than a West Side Story remake for sure. I still think he could do something better with his time
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1:25AM on 04/27/2014

man...

was really hoping this was gonna be about the gun from DOOM
was really hoping this was gonna be about the gun from DOOM
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2:43AM on 04/27/2014
Holy crap, I to was thinking about the Big Fu@king gun.
Holy crap, I to was thinking about the Big Fu@king gun.
2:53AM on 04/27/2014
After I read the story I was thinking Big F@cking Giant.
After I read the story I was thinking Big F@cking Giant.
7:58PM on 04/26/2014
How many movies is this man attached to? The list is getting bigger an bigger. I'd just like to see him make one...soon. When did Lincoln come out? 2011?
How many movies is this man attached to? The list is getting bigger an bigger. I'd just like to see him make one...soon. When did Lincoln come out? 2011?
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2:23AM on 04/26/2014
I just bit my tongue from drinking to
much. Now it's bleeding. I guess this movie is good news. He makes good family movies. Good god, why won't my tongue stop bleeding.
I just bit my tongue from drinking to
much. Now it's bleeding. I guess this movie is good news. He makes good family movies. Good god, why won't my tongue stop bleeding.
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1:38AM on 04/26/2014
This is awesome news but if done right - there is no way this should be a kids film, the original cartoon version still scares the s**t out of me and when you have a storyline that involves actual giants eating children if done right this could be an awesome film. I wonder if Her Maj QE would be up for some mo capture ??
This is awesome news but if done right - there is no way this should be a kids film, the original cartoon version still scares the s**t out of me and when you have a storyline that involves actual giants eating children if done right this could be an awesome film. I wonder if Her Maj QE would be up for some mo capture ??
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1:23AM on 04/26/2014
love Spielberg, but not too much his children's fantasy movies
love Spielberg, but not too much his children's fantasy movies
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11:52PM on 04/25/2014

Melissa Mathison

A few years ago I had an internship at a post-house where Melissa Mathison was working on a draft of The BFG. Granted, they may go with another draft/writer since so much time has passed, but I would be very excited to see Mathison and Spielberg work together again.
A few years ago I had an internship at a post-house where Melissa Mathison was working on a draft of The BFG. Granted, they may go with another draft/writer since so much time has passed, but I would be very excited to see Mathison and Spielberg work together again.
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11:17PM on 04/25/2014
Yes! Finally. I have been waiting so long for a live-action adaptation of the BFG. I always loved the book and the cartoon as a kid. I can't think of a better candidate to make it either. This should be great.
Yes! Finally. I have been waiting so long for a live-action adaptation of the BFG. I always loved the book and the cartoon as a kid. I can't think of a better candidate to make it either. This should be great.
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10:40PM on 04/25/2014
Spielberg seems to have a lot on his plate but BFG is really endearing stuff and I agree with anomaly and seeing Spielberg return to making family-friendly films.
Spielberg seems to have a lot on his plate but BFG is really endearing stuff and I agree with anomaly and seeing Spielberg return to making family-friendly films.
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10:04PM on 04/25/2014
I would have preferred Robopocalyps, but I'm up for seeing Spielberg do another family friendly movie. He has a way of getting great performances from child actors (ET, Empire of the Sun, etc.) and I expect the same for this film. Plus I actually really love the movie Hook, so if Spielberg can capture that tone again I'll be happy.
I would have preferred Robopocalyps, but I'm up for seeing Spielberg do another family friendly movie. He has a way of getting great performances from child actors (ET, Empire of the Sun, etc.) and I expect the same for this film. Plus I actually really love the movie Hook, so if Spielberg can capture that tone again I'll be happy.
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