Steven Spielberg to Direct Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG,’ Will Shoot Tom Hanks Thriller First

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Steven Spielberg will direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The BFG.”

The story follows a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children.

DreamWorks acquired rights in 2010, and Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on “E.T.,” will pen the script. Frank Marshall will produce, with Michael Siegel and John Madden on board as executive producers. Madden was originally set to direct “The BFG” but is instead focusing on the sequel to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Spielberg will begin production in first quarter of 2015, with a planned 2016 release.

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“’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 Spielberg in a statement.

However, the busy helmer is likely to first direct the untitled Tom Hanks thriller for DreamWorks in September, with Tom Hanks starring in the true story of an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War.

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  1. J Perera says:

    How about a film about Gen Jumbo and his army of small solders

  2. harry georgatos says:

    Dearly hope that Spielberg’s Cold War thriller goes ahead with Tom Hanks. MUNICH is an undeniable masterpiece which for me was the best film of that year. If Spielbergs Cold War movie goes ahead and matches the brilliant complex craftsmanship of MUNICH then it will be a critical and financial success for Dreamworks.

    • “Munich” an “undeniable masterpiece?” A masterpiece? Seriously? Well perhaps some of the architecture in that city, but hardly the movie. The film is clunky, cumbersome, drawn-out, and has the pacing of a snail. Plus, some of the acting is silly and the telling of the story is weak, fragmented. I mean, come on, if “Munuch” is an undeniable masterpiece, what does that make “Citizen Kane,” or “Psycho,” or ” The Seven Samurai,” or “Vertigo,” or “The Godfather,” or most of the work by Fellini, Ozu, or Bergman? Let’s have some standards here. Some guidelines to define a true masterpiece. “Munich” is a dull enterprise. It’s a thriller without thrills.

      • harry georgatos says:

        Everything is subjective at the end of the day. CITIZEN KANE is a visual masterpiece but the characterisations are somewhat simplistic by todays standard when one can compare the phone-hacking scandals by News limited in the UK. As much as I love CITIZEN KANE Rupert Murdochs media empire make Orson Welles newspaper seem like boyscouts. I love the first two GODFATHER movies, which are masterpieces but also by todays standards move at a snails pace concentrating on story and character. I love MUNICH as it portrays a disturbing shadow organisation in eliminating enemies in a truly disturbing manner. It was nominated for best picture at the Oscars so there’s a lot of people who would disagree with you. Like I said, it’s all subjective.

  3. Aidil Harith says:

    Robopocalypse is still under the scripting stages and Hemsworth is busy shooting Avengers II which makes sense for Spielberg to put Robo on the back burner and do something else first.

    But Robopocalypse is very much Steven Spielberg’s like how Indy IV was to Harrison Ford.

  4. Ken says:

    So…I guess no ROBOPOCALYPSE. Darn.

  5. Does the director really know what he wants to do with his career, at this point; from AMERICAN SNIPER (and other recent projects he thoughtfully seduced then abandoned) to a Roald Dahl story? Spielberg’s diverse filmography is truly impressive, but his commitment to a project should wait until he’s “on the floor” before a press release is given.

    • iceman says:

      One other thing. When Spielberg’s name is associated with anything, this makes headlines. Even if the source is suspect, any gossip about Spielberg’s films is good gossip.

    • iceman says:

      Does he really know what he want’s to do with his career? Is this a joke? It should be any director’s dream not to be stereotyped. Spielberg prefers it this way.

  6. Beat Me Up says:

    Spielberg and Roald Dahl… awesome mix. One of my favorite writers (love Roald Dahl….) Sounds like a big budgeted affair. Congrats to Melissa Mathison… a great writer too.

  7. Gustavo H.R. says:

    This is… Unexpected.

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