It was announced today that the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book The BFG will be a collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison, reunited for the first time since. The film, which will hit theaters some time in 2016, will be a live-action retelling of the classic tale of young orphan Sophie and her friendship with a 24-foot tall giant who possesses superhuman hearing and the ability to distribute good dreams to young children.
The BFG was also the subject of a somewhat creepy 1989 animated made-for-tv film. Lovers of Dahl's books can certainly hope that, with this impressive team on board, Spielberg's adaptation will do better justice to the original story.
The Roald Dahl Literary Institute, in an official statement regarding the upcoming film, expressed their excitement saying:
"We are delighted that Steven Spielberg will bring his inventive genius to directing the story of The BFG and that Roald Dahl's beloved story and characters will be brought to the screen in 2016 - a year when we will be celebrating 100 years since Roald Dahl's birth!"
What do you think, are you looking forward to this collaboration?
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Source: Roald Dahl Museum Blog