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DreamWorks and Et writer, Melissa Mathison, set to adapt the author's much-loved tale, making it into a live action film

The Bfg, Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl, is to get a live action update, courtesy of Et writer Melissa Mathison and studio DreamWorks, reports The Wrap.

The project marks the second time Dahl's story has been adapted for film following the 1989 made-for-tv version from the late-lamented British animation studio Cosgrove Hall, which featured David Jason as the voice of the lofty hero. With Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall on board, and the backing of the powerful DreamWorks studio, the new version looks likely to be a bigger budget affair. No director has yet been announced for the project.

A large number of Dahl's children's stories have been adapted by Hollywood, with hugely varying results. Both Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory »

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