Saturday, 26 July 2014

Steven Spielberg's BFG adaption gets a release date

Joining the likes of Dumbo (1941) and The Jungle Book (1967) en route to a live action redo is Steven Spielberg's (Lincoln) adaption of Roald Dahl's The BFG – or Big Friendly Giant – which now has an official release date. It makes its worldwide bow in the UK and 22 July 2016 is the date to circle in your diary, putting it up against Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) King Arthur. 

Spielberg's take on Roald Dahl's beloved book has been penned by E.T. (1982) screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It's had a lengthy and often briar-strewn path to the screen, passing through the hands of directors such as John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Chris Columbus (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief), before Spielberg finally took up the gauntlet for DreamWork Studios.

"It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The BFG", Spielberg says, "a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales. We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl's prolific legacy of entertainment."

If you're not familiar with the story, The BFG tells of the world's only friendly giant and his friendship with young girl called Sophie. He makes it his mission to collect good dreams and gift them to children while destroying nightmares and keeping his nasty fellow gigantic brethren from eating "human beans".

Spielberg is also producing The BFG with old Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) and Empire Of The Sun (1987) cohort Frank Marshall, with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel also on board as executive producers. That's certainly some pedigree.

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