The last time Roald Dahl’s The BFG was made into a movie I was 1 year-old. It probably wasn’t until I was around 6 or 7 years-old when I actually saw the movie, but all together it has been over 25 years since the beloved childhood story from British Author, Roald Dahl, was made into a movie, so in steps Steven Spielberg who’s taken on the role of Director for a film adaptation of the book.
In 2010 DreamWorks acquired the rights for The BFG which is set to have Melissa Mathison pen the script. Mathison is probably best known for writing the scripts for The Indian in the Cupboard, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, which of course was directed by Spielberg.
Alongside Mathison, Frank Marshall has been given the role of producer for the movie, with Michael Siegel and John Madden on board as executive producers. Joining them will be Spielberg who is set to begin production in first quarter of 2015, with a planned 2016 release.
The BFG tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped by a giant and taken to their kingdom, from here she learns about a bunch of horrible nasties that frequently come down to the human world to snatch up and then eat kids. Thankfully the giant who snapped up the little girl is no other than the Big Friendly Giant where together they develop a plan to take down the nasties once and for all.
Am I excited for this? You bet your Fleshlumpeater I am. Roald Dahl is the best!