Sunday, September 25, 2011

DreamWorks Adapting "The Big Friendly Giant"

According to internet reports, DreamWorks has picked up movie rights to author Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book "The BFG" ('Big Friendly Giant') for producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Melissa Mathison ("E.T.") will write the screenplay :

"...when 'Sophie' cannot fall asleep during the 'witching hour', she looks out her bedroom window and sees a giant down the street. When the giant notices her, he reaches through the window, then carries her away to his home in 'Giant Country'.

"Once there, he reveals he is the world's only benevolent giant, operating in the strictest secrecy, collecting good dreams he later distributes to children.

"With his immense ears he can also hear dreams and their contents.

"When he catches a nightmare, he either explodes it, or uses it to start fights among the other giants, who periodically enter the human world to steal and eat 'human beans'.

"Sophie and the BFG soon become friends and she persuades him to approach the 'Queen of England' in order to capture the people-eating giants..."

An animated film based on the book was released in 1989 with actors David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The BFG"...