Steven Spielberg to direct The BFG

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2014
Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is honoured to have the priviledge of brining Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' to the big screen and the project will see him reunite with 'E.T' scribe Melissa Mathison

Steven Spielberg will direct the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'.

The 67-year-old filmmaker is set to helm the picture which follows a little girl who leads the titular big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a mission to stop the giants from eating children and Spielberg is "honoured" to bring it to the big screen.

In a statement the director said: "'The BFG' has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honoured that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story."

Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg on 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial', will pen the script, while Frank Marshall will produce, and Michael Siegel and John Madden will executive producers, reports

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

Meanwhile, Spielberg is reportedly set to team up with Tom Hanks for their fourth big screen collaboration after 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'The Terminal', for an unnamed Cold War thriller.

His films have received worldwide recognition with the 1993 epic 'Schindler's List' and 1998's 'Saving Private Ryan' winning him an Oscar for Best Director, while 'Jaws' 'E.T.' and 'Jurassic Park' achieved phenomenal box office success.


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / UK
  • 1h 57min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Roald Dahl (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
  • UK release: 22 July 2016

Eight year old Sophie (Barnhill) looks out her window one evening to discover something terrifying – the Big Friendly Giant (Rylance), who unlike his giant brothers doesn't actually want to eat her. Magical, funny and surprising stuff from Spielberg, lacking only some of the menace of Dahl's original, but genuinely…

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