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2 items from 2011

Roald Dahl's Bfg To Hit The Big Screen

27 September 2011 9:37 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in 1989, now defunct children's TV animation studio Cosgrove Hall made a film version of The Bfg, starring David Jason as the Big Friendly Giant himself and Amanda Root as Sophie, the miniature-by-comparison herione.It arrived on TV screens on Christmas Day that year, and now, 22 years later, Et writer Melissa Mathison, veteran super producer Frank Marshall and Dreamworks itself are planning on making a live-action version. Mathison, as you might have guessed, is on writing duties, but no director or actors have been announced, though we're sure the rumours will start flying about the internet soon enough.It seems like a sensible move from Dreamworks, with Dahl stories proving to be a rich vein for directors over the years, from Nic Roeg's The Witches to Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and Henry Selick's James And The Giant Peach.And as it's live action, we're interested to »

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DreamWorks Adapting "The Big Friendly Giant"

26 September 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to internet reports, DreamWorks has picked up movie rights to author Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book "The Bfg" ('Big Friendly Giant') for producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Melissa Mathison ("E.T.") will write the screenplay :

"...when 'Sophie' cannot fall asleep during the 'witching hour', she looks out her bedroom window and sees a giant down the street. When the giant notices her, he reaches through the window, then carries her away to his home in 'Giant Country'.

"Once there, he reveals he is the world's only benevolent giant, operating in the strictest secrecy, collecting good dreams he later distributes to children.

"With his immense ears he can also hear dreams and their contents.

"When he catches a nightmare, he either explodes it, or uses it to start fights among the other giants, who periodically enter the human world to steal and eat 'human beans'.

"Sophie and the Bfg »

- Michael Stevens

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