Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park) is joining forces with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison to bring to life the story about a young girl and a Big, Friendly Giant written by beloved children’s author Roald Dahl. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell(and it should!), Roald Dahl is the author of classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and many many more. The BFG has previously been adapted as a stage play and an animated movie.
Producer Kathleen Kennedy (Gremlins, The Goonies) brought the screen rights to Dreamworks in 2010. Her husband, Frank Marshall, will also produce, with Michael Siegel and John Madden, who are on board as executive producers.
Filming will start in early 2015 with release set for 2016.
I’m personally over the moon about this news! Film adaptations of Roald Dahl’s work have always been very controversial with fans, but in my opinion Steven Spielberg is the perfect fit for this story. What do you think of this news? What Roald Dahl story would you like to see adapted? Tell us in the comments!