Steven Spielberg to direct Roald Dahl’s The BFG

by |April 28, 2014

It’s official. A Big Friendly Giant is coming to a cinema near you.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to adapt Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG for the big screen.

The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.

The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.

Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.

The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.

Production on the movie is expected to begin early next year, with a planned release in 2016.

The BFG was previously turned into an animated TV film in 1989.

It’s the latest book by Roald Dahl to receive the Hollywood treatment. Check out some memorable clips from other adaptations like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Wes Anderson’s brilliant Fantastic Mr Fox.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


Fantastic Mr Fox

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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