Roald Dahl’s BFG Gets Live Action Adaptation
Roald Dahl's stories have been a well of inspiration for filmmakers over the years, (James And The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda etc) on the outside they have a very childish appeal, capturing the adventure and delight of youth yet on the inside lies something a lot more sinister and scary, you only have to read Dahls Tales Of The Unexpected to see that deep down there was a darker side to this childrens entertainer.
Today comes news that Dreamworks have announced they are to be making a live action version of the BFG, (thats Big Friendly Giant to anyone who had a pretty rubbish childhood) Along with ET writer Melissa Mathison who will be updating the story and adapting it for the big screen and super producer/director Frank Marshall they will be introducing a whole new generation to the world of Roald Dahl.
The BFG is a good choice for a live action film adaptation, assuming it will work in a similar way to Jack Blacks Gullivers Travels, from a technical viewpoint its always fun to see a giant character interacting with tiny, familiar objects.
Hopefully though the makers behind this adaptation will stay faithful to the original story and wont laden it with 21st century gags about iphones and cram in as many UK comedy personalities as physically possible. The BFG is a magical and charming story so lets hope they dont dumb it down too much.
Casting will be interesting, potential choices for a big, friendly giant...Steve Merchant perhaps!? There has been no mention of shooting dates or release dates as of yet but we'll keep you posted!