According to our friends at Variety, legendary director Steven Spielberg is set to direct a film adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic, The BFG, a story about a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop man-eating giants from gobbling children.
Melissa Matheson, who penned the script for Spielberg's E.T., will be handling the screenplay duties while Spielberg will set first priority on his Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks.
“’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,” said Spielberg in a statement.
Now, personally, I have to wonder why this didn't happen sooner. Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg are both masters of youthful sentiment in their mediums, and Dahl's light and funny tone suits itself to the touching human emotion of a Spielberg film.
This is one of the most influential children's authors of all time being adapted by the most influential filmmaker of all time. This is reason for excitement.