Spielberg sets sights on filming Dahl children’s book

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STEVEN Spielberg is set to direct a movie version of 
Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG.

The Oscar-winning director, who became a household name for his work on Jaws back in the 1970s, is attached to make the big-screen adaptation of the much-loved book for DreamWorks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Spielberg, who has not directed a film since 2012’s Lincoln, is said to be officially committed and is already planning to start shooting the film next year, with a 2016 release.

Various directors, including Chris Columbus and John Madden, had been attached to the film over the years.

The live-action film will be based on the tale of a Big Friendly Giant who becomes friends with a young orphan girl.

DreamWorks bought the rights to the book in 2011. Melissa Mathison, who wrote the script for Spielberg’s worldwide 
megahit ET, is writing the screenplay.

The BFG was previously 
adapted as an ITV animated movie in 1989, starring David Jason as the voice of the friendly 
giant. The children’s book was written by Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, and was first published in 1982.

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