Steven Spielberg to direct live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's BFG

The Big Friendly Giant will be returning to the big screen

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Steven Spielberg to direct live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's BFG
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Prepare for some frobscottle, a few snozzcumbers and plenty of whizzpopping, Steven Speilberg is poised to bring Roald Dahl's BFG to the big screen. 

The ET and Jurassic Park director is on board to direct a live-action adaptation of the classic tale for Dreamworks studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

"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. 

It's not the first time The BFG has been adapted. Roald Dahl's children's book was made into an animated film, which was shown on ITV on Christmas Day 1989. 

The BFG tells the tale of a young orphaned girl called Sophie who becomes friends with a dream-collecting giant. 

DreamWorks acquired the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. ET scribe Melissa Mathison is tipped to write the script. There have been no casting announcements yet. 

The film will go into production in 2015 after Spielberg has finished shooting with Tom Hanks for a currently untitled Cold War thriller.


 


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