Steven Spielberg not ready to finish BFG

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 June 2016
Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has admitted he isn't "looking forward" to completing 'The BFG' film because he will then have to mourn his collaborator, screenwriter Melissa Mathison

Steven Spielberg has admitted he isn't "looking forward" to completing 'The BFG' film.

The 69-year-old director has not yet come to terms with the passing of his creative partner Melissa Mathison - who died from neuroendocrine cancer on November 4, 2015 - and for as long as he is still working on the movie, he will still feel like the screenwriter is there with him, so has delayed mourning his friend.

In an interview with Empire magazine, he said: "I don't miss Melissa yet because I haven't had the chance to mourn her, because she is still with me. I'm not saying that in a supernatural way, because Melissa is alive in every single frame of The BFG. She has been with me all through this process and she is as tangible as if she were sitting next to me. What I'm not looking forward to is when I finish with The BFG and I have to face the fact that Melissa is no longer with me."

Having first met on the set of 1981 film 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', Mathison had become his valued friend.

She was persuaded to work with Spielberg on 'The BFG' by actor Harrison Ford and had written three drafts of the script by the time Spielberg got involved with the film.

'The BFG' is based on the 1982 Roald Dahl novel of the same name, which follows the journey of a girl named Sophie and her encounters with the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted-soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

The 'BFG', which stars 'The Bridge of Spies' star Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall ('Iron Man 3') and 'Trainwreck's' Bill Hader, is scheduled for release next month.


  • 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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