Steven Spielberg Adapts Roald Dahl’s THE BFG Opening July 2016

Steven Spielberg has to be one of the busiest figures in Hollywood.  He recently served as producer (with Oprah Winfrey) for THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture Oscars for LINCOLN.  Now, the DreamWorks Studios co-founder will adapt a Roald Dahl novel called, THE BFG, serve as director, and bring the film to theaters in July 2016 (the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth).  Disney’s THE BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.  Continue reading for more information on Disney’s THE BFG.

Update September 24, 2016

Disney’s THE BFG on Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere November 29, 2016.

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Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.

*A wonderful dream in the BFG’s language of Gobblefunk

THE BFG Bonus features include BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
  • The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie.  This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
  • Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”

DIGITAL/VOD:

  • John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

DVD:

  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Updated July 1, 2016

Spoiler-free review of Disney’s THE BFG by George Gensler, “never look behind the curtain.”

THE BFG

Disney’s THE BFG is the imaginative story of a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

 

Updated May 16, 2016

Second trailer and poster released for Disney’s THE BFG.

THE BFG

THE BFG

In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

 

Updated April 5, 2016

Full trailer released for Disney’s THE BFG – Steven Spielberg brings us to Giant Country on July 1.

Updated January 22, 2016

First poster released for Disney’s THE BFG, featuring a giant and some beans.

THE BFG

Updated December 9, 2015

First teaser trailer released for Disney’s THE BFG opening July 1, 2016.

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

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WALT DISNEY and ROALD DAHL, two of the world’s greatest storytellers, in Hollywood in 1942. Image courtesy Disney

 

Original post from December 16, 2014 follows below

Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Kathleen Kennedy at The World Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse" © DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Kathleen Kennedy at The World Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse” © DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

From Walt Disney Studios Press Release

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, THE BFG. Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel. Published in 1982, THE BFG is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

Ruby Barnhill

Ruby Barnhill, photo by Paul Worpole

 

THE BFG will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.” Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre.

“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson, said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby on landing the role. We hope that making THE BFG proves an utterly magical adventure for her.”

DreamWorks acquired the rights to the book in 2010 after Kathleen Kennedy brought it to the company. Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg and Kennedy on “E.T.,” has written the screenplay. Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as Executive Producers. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are Co-Producers.

Spielberg will begin production on THE BFG in early 2015 and it will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016. The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, will distribute the film in India.

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