Disney have just released the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the famous children’s novel by the legendary Roald Dahl. The film is out on July 1st 2016 and is sure to be a box office success for both the youngins amongst us and the adults who grew up reading the classic stories. Check out the trailer below.
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On first viewing it is striking how similar the look of the film is to the imaginary world I had created in my imagination when reading the book many years ago. It has been probably 20 years since I read the story but the bedroom, the cats, the hooded figure of the BFG were immediately recognisable and strikingly vivid. Mark Rylance, who was fantastic in Spielberg’s most recent film Bridge of Spies, will portray the BFG with newcomer Ruby Barnhill playing Sophia. Amongst a great cast are Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Bill Hader (Superbad) and Rebecca Hall (The Town).
This will not be Spielberg’s first adaptation of classic children’s stories and the initial excitement for The BFG should also be weighed against the averageness of both The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Hook, Spielberg’s last two children’s adaptations. However mixing the supreme storytelling talent of Spielberg with the uniformly creative imagination of Dahl will hopefully be a perfect combination, backed by Disney who, judging by the look of the trailer, have spared no expense on the budget. Interestingly, The BFG marks the first time Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison since a certain E.T. in 1982. The Oscar nominated Mathison sadly passed away on November 4th of this year and The BFG will mark her final writing credit.
Spielberg is clearly a fan of Roald Dahl story telling and had this to say:
“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,”
The BFG is due for release on July 1st 2016.