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Steven Spielberg to direct Roald Dahl tale BFG

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Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg is to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG.

The live-action film will be based on the story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. What’s more, it will be based on a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, who penned the script for Spielberg’s seminal E.T.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are to produce, with Spielberg planning to start shooting in 2015 with a view to having the film ready for release in 2016.

That would also allow him to direct another smaller project before he starts work, given that he has been linked to several projects recently, including a reunion with Tom Hanks for a Cold War drama. Find out more

Other contenders include the long mooted Robopocalypse, a sci-fi tentpole, and Montezuma, which tackles the drama between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

The BFG has already spawned a previous adaptation in 1989, in the form of an animated made-for-TV movie in the UK>

Dahl’s book, featuring illustratrations by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982 and has become an enduring children’s classic.

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