Steven Spielberg is attached to direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book The BFG for DreamWorks. The live-action film will be based on the fantastical tale of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dahl's book, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982.
DreamWorks acquired the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. Melissa Mathison, who penned the script for E.T., wrote the screenplay.
There has been one other adaptation of the popular children's book: for a 1989 animated made-for-TV movie in the U.K. ...Spielberg is officially committing himself to BFG and is planning a 2015 start date with a release in 2016.
I'm a huge Roald Dahl fan, and we all know that Spielberg is a talented director. I'm most curious who they're going to cast, though. Casting could make or break this one. We'll see how it goes.