Legendary director Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct one of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classics, The BFG.
The BFG, which was published in 1982, is about a young, orphaned girl named Sophie who meets a giant. The giant is not at all intimidating; he is incredibly friendly. He is the only one of his kind that does not eat people. He has very large ears that allow him to hear people’s dreams. The giant helps Sophie realize her dream.
Spielberg is teaming up with Melissa Mathison, who is the screenwriter of the 1982 classic E.T. Spielberg also directed the 1982 classic E.T.
DreamWorks Pictures acquired the rights to The BFG in 2011. Spielberg is committed to starting as early as 2015, although the movie is scheduled for release in 2016.
Overall, several of Roald Dahl’s books have been adapted into feature films. The list includes two different adaptions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one in 1971 and 2005. Most recent to the list was Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009.
In a statement about the upcoming production Spielberg said, “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.”