Published Apr 13, 2015Roald Dahl's iconic children's stories have lent themselves to many excellent adaptations, but his 1982 classic The B.F.G. has yet to be treated to a live-action remake. Following its 1989 animated film, the story has since been a theatre mainstay. Soon, however, it'll hit the big screen thanks to an adaptation from Steven Spielberg.
We've known about Spielberg's connection to the film since last year, but today we've learned that the film will be co-financed and co-produced by Walt Disney Studios. This marks the first time Spielberg has collaborated with the legendary studio as director.
"In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director," Spielberg said in a press release.
The film also marks the first time Spielberg has worked with screenwriter Melissa Mathison since the two teamed up for 1982's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
According to a press release, the film will star Mark Rylance as the titular friendly giant alongside newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. The cast is rounded out by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon and others.
The B.F.G. is currently shooting in Vancouver and is slated to hit theatres on July 1, 2016. Watch the trailer for the original B.F.G. below.