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Roald Dahl's next adaptation

Writer: Naseem Randhawa

2 Oct – The popular 1982 Roald Dahl children's book "The BFG" (Big Friendly Giant) is now set to be turned into a live-action movie following the footsteps of the late author's "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" film, according to a report by Empire's website.


Roald Dahl's last novel adaptation was "The Fantastic Mr.Fox", a stop-motion film released in 2009.

Dreamworks Studios has reportedly got the rights to the film, which is set to be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall ("The Bourne Ultimatum"), with "E.T." writer Melissa Mathison in line to adapt the novel into a big screen feature.

The children's novel, tells the story of a girl named Sophie, whose character was inspired by the author's granddaughter, Sophie Dahl, and her friendship with the Big Friendly Giant.

As of yet, there are no actors or a director attached in the upcoming movie and a tentative release date is still to be decided.

The first adaptation of the novel was a 1989 animated version which saw British actor David Jason provide the voice of the titular character with Amanda Root taking on the role of Sophie.

A number of Dahl's other books have also been previously adapted for the big screen including "Matilda" (1996), "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" (in 1971 and 2005), "James and the Giant Peach" (1996) and most recently, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009).


Cinema Online, 02 October 2011

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