Steven Spielberg is attached to direct the adaptation of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl’s book The BFG for DreamWorks.
“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 the Oscar-winning director in a statement.
The Big Friendly Giant last appeared on-screen in an animated film in 1989. The BFG tells the tale of a young orphaned girl called Sophie (after Roald Dahl’s grand-daughter, Sophie Dahl) who becomes friends with the BFG, a giant who collects good dreams that he later distributes to children. The book was an expansion of a story told in Danny, the Champion of the World, an earlier Dahl book.
DreamWorks acquired the rights to the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. Various directors have been attached to the project over the years, including Chris Columbus (responsible for ruining the first two Harry Potter films). Melissa Mathison, who penned the script for E.T., wrote the screenplay.
Spielberg is planning a 2015 start date for production with a release in 2016.