E.T. Writer Melissa Mathison to Adapt Roald Dahl’s THE BFG for DreamWorks

     September 23, 2011


I remember loving the Roald Dahl book The BFG when I was a kid, but I can’t recall a single detail from it.  Thankfully, I won’t need to go back to and read it (ugh), because DreamWorks has acquired the movie rights.  According to The Wrap, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (Hereafter) will produce the adaptation.  Marshall and Kennedy have few animation credits on their lengthy filmographies, and there is no mention of DreamWorks Animation in the report.  So for now we will assume this is a live-action BFG.

Melissa Mathison (E.T.) will adapt the story about a young orphan girl who befriends the Big Friendly Giant: together they “cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.”  Read the full book synopsis after the jump.

“Well, first of all, ” said the BFG, “human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist.”

Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever. [Barnes and Noble]

Oh, okay.  I forgive myself for not remembering anything.  That doesn’t make any sense.

The BFG was previously turned into an animated feature in 1989.  Naturally, the entire thing is on Youtube.  I know it’s Friday night, but you and I both obviously have nothing better to do.  Let’s watch it together.  Press play . . . . . . NOW!


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