A film adaptation of a revered Roald Dahl classic is always something to be approached with caution. Each film version of the The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches etc. have their fair share of fans and detractors.
Big names like Nic Roeg and Wes Anderson have tackled his prose now the big kahuna Spielberg himself is tackling The Big Friendly Giant. Currently the film is slated for a UK release on July 22 2016.
Spielberg had this to say of the UK being the first territory to announce “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.”
The film has had a rocky road to production so far and Mr. Spielberg does have a slight habit of announcing projects before moving on to something that looks more fun. Things seem to be falling into place though as E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison has penned the script – so we can expect this adaptation to be suitably upsetting. Spielberg is also producing the film with his old Amblin pals Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.