Another one of your favorite childhood memories is about to be cinematically realized, because Steven Spielberg has just announced he will film a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 classic, The BFG, for DreamWorks. Everyone’s favorite big, friendly giant is finally set to head to the big screen after several years in wait and a handful of directors attached to the project.
Planned for a 2016 release, Spielberg has been quiet on the directorial front since the 2012 biopic Lincoln, which isn’t to say that he doesn’t have other projects slated — he does. In addition to the hotly anticipated Robopocalypse and the Aztec-Spanish conquistador flick Montezuma, the director has also lined up an adaptation of the David Kertzer novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara in addition to a Tom Hanks-fronted, untitled Cold War project written by Matt Charman (Suite Française). This one, however, is likely the first one to be released since the aforementioned story of Honest Abe.
For those that somehow missed the book growing up, The BFG tells the story of Sophie, a young orphan who ends up being whisked away by the Big Friendly Giant after seeing him walking the streets at night. What unfolds is a battle between the good, vegetarian giant and the bigger, badder, people-eating giants that also roam about. Previously, the story has been adapted for both a theater production and a popular 1989 animated TV movie in the U.K.
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