Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies this year had come after almost a 3-year gap since Lincoln, and now Spielberg seems to be making up for lost time. His next directorial venture will be released in the summer of 2016; it has a smashing premise, and that’s because it is an adaptation of a classic book, The BFG by none other than Roald Dahl.
Even if you have not read The BFG, you must certainly have heard of it, if you are tuned into the literary world. Roald Dahl, an extraordinary writer of children’s books, had written The BFG in 1982. The acronym ‘BFG’ stands for ‘Big Friendly Giant’ who, as the name suggests, is in fact a big friendly giant. An orphan girl Sophie encounters the BFG who is a kindhearted soul and considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers, he refuses to eat boys and girls. Now with the help of Sophie, he wants to keep his human-hungry brethren from eating the children.
It may sound like a child’s story, and it is in fact a child’s story, but that should not stop anyone from reading Dahl’s books. The stories are creative, fun, and adventurous, something that The BFG sounds to be too. For the same reason, the movie adaptation looks equally promising. The BFG had an animated direct-to-television movie made in Britain by Cosgrove Hall Films in 1989. The movie’s review in The Sunday Times had then read – “The BFG puts its already celebrated British animators, Cosgrove Hall, into the Disney class”. Guess who is making the film on a larger scale now? Eh, right, Disney, it is!
Disney, Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl make for a mouth-watering combination. The movie has Mark Rylance, who played the alleged KGB spy in Bridge of Spies, voicing the BFG, and one can easily see Rylance being comfortable with the personality of BFG. Young Ruby Barnhill will make her feature film debut as the kid Sophie, and you will instantly love the little actress in the trailer. The masterful way in which Steven Spielberg directed the young kids in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, especially the youngest of the lot, a certain Drew Barrymore, is something that comes to mind when watching the trailer of The BFG. The screenplay for the movie has in fact been written by Melissa Mathison who wrote the script for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The cast of The BFG also includes Rebecca Hall and Bill Hader, amongst others.
A big production budget film on The BFG has been in discussions since 1991, and after so many years, the movie has Steven Spielberg directing it and Disney producing it. Things couldn’t have gotten any better! The movie’s teaser trailer builds the mood and raises the expectations, though gives little away in terms of plot and locations. It still looks absolutely gripping, and hopefully Spielberg will bring many flavours to The BFG as Martin Scorsese did with Hugo. Enjoy the trailer here!
The BFG is scheduled to release in the USA on July 1, 2016.