Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, and congratulations on a hilarious and immensely entertaining first season of Paranormal Solutions Inc. Where did the idea for this show come from, and how long had it been in the works?
Nicholas Carella: David and I had just come off working together on the improvised film Afterparty in 2012, and we liked working together and were chewing on
Unfortunately, we were mixed on the film, saying in our review from the festival, “CGI loses the day in Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, a partly motion-captured, eco-minded adaptation of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s book that leans so heavily on green-screen trickery that even Mark Rylance’s kind eyes — squinting out from that computer-generated abyss — can’t save it from mediocrity.
A fantastic new trailer has now arrived, which shows of much more of our main creature, as well as the sheer scale and wonder at play here. Featuring the cast of Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, check out the new trailer below.
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg
The first trailer is much more of a teaser, thankfully not revealing too much footage yet. However, with its magical tone and wonderful-looking design, this looks to be the most fun Spielberg’s had in awhile, and we can’t wait to see it next summer. (It also looks to be a great double feature with A Monster Calls.) Featuring the cast of Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill,
Three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (The Gunmen) will play the title character, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill cast as Sophie, but today with the Disney deal comes news of the rest of the cast for the film.
Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins) and Jemaine Clement (What We Do in the Shadows) are the bigger names in the cast, as well as Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), who will play The Queen and The Queen’s maid, Mary, in the film.
Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson have also joined the cast as giants, while The Hobbit star Martin Freeman may also have a role, but his
And if that prospect hasn’t tantalized your tastebuds, then brace yourself for this latest development. The classic tale will now go down in history as Spielberg’s first proper Disney movie. The mouse house has joined forces with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to co-produce and co-finance the flick, with Disney set to distribute internationally.
Here’s what the legendary filmmaker had to say on the union:
“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end
Walt Disney Studios announced today that Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Jemaine Clement are joining Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Bill Hader in the company's first-ever Spielberg-directed film.
The Bfg follows a little girl named Sophie (Barnhill) as she teams up with the Queen of England (Wilton) and a big friendly giant (Rylance) to battle a rampaging horde of evil giants.
Iron Man 3's Hall will be playing the Queen's loyal servant Mary.
The giants are portrayed by Hader, Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite (Stargate Sg-1), Daniel Bacon (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley (A Young Doctor's Notebook), Jonathan Holmes (Nightwatching), Paul Moniz de Sa (Eureka) and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Deep) in The Bfg.
Spielberg said in a statement: "In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on
"In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director. It is a special joy to
Set for a summer, 2016 release, “The BFG” tells the story of a young girl who sets out with the titular “Big Friendly Giant” to overcome evil, man-eating giants. The story is from Roald Dahl, author of “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Mark Rylance has previously been cast in the title role, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill playing Sophie, in a cast of giants that includes a platoon of giants — Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffsonnamed.
While he has produced films in collaboration with Disney, Spielberg said he welcomed his first directing turn with the studio.
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