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Human beans rejoice!

27 September 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: The Wrap

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Roald Dahl's BFG To Hit The Big Screen

Back in 1989, now defunct children's TV animation studio Cosgrove Hall made a film version of The BFG, starring David Jason as the Big Friendly Giant himself and Amanda Root as Sophie, the miniature-by-comparison herione.

It arrived on TV screens on Christmas Day that year, and now, 22 years later, ET writer Melissa Mathison, veteran super producer Frank Marshall and Dreamworks itself are planning on making a live-action version. 

Mathison, as you might have guessed, is on writing duties, but no director or actors have been announced, though we're sure the rumours will start flying about the internet soon enough.

It seems like a sensible move from Dreamworks, with Dahl stories proving to be a rich vein for directors over the years, from Nic Roeg's The Witches to Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and Henry Selick's James And The Giant Peach.

And as it's live action, we're interested to see who exactly the BFG is going to be, so, you know, big and friendly. Hmm. James Cromwell has the right look...

No release date has been earmarked yet for The BFG, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

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Your Comments

Has to be Ian mckellen for BFG surely! More

Posted by JonathanMardukas at 21:29 on 29 September 2011 | Report This Post

Clint Eastwood would be perfect looks wise, but he wont do it, maybe the guy who played Victor Meldrew?? More

Posted by oz_p at 11:58 on 29 September 2011 | Report This Post

i liked Fantastic Mr Fox
Its slightly US'fied but suitably Wes Anderson wierd.... so id be up for another adaptation. More

Posted by spideed2 at 20:11 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: He probably can't act, but...
L: Lebo The Irish lock forward, Leo Cullen, is ridiculously tall and certainly looks like the BFG. _image/images/afp/photo_1312467437462-1-0.jpg hat is mad! I was watching an interview with him over the weekend and was thinking the exact same thing More

Posted by musht at 16:19 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Other casting choices…
I know everyone's thinking about the BFG casting but what about for Sophie? I don't know why but I had thought the little girl from Outnumbered and The King's Speech - she might be a bit too excitable though for Sophie (it's been a long time since I've read/seen the original). Also, get Helen Mirren back as the Queen (definitely remember some Buckingham Palace sequence) just for the shear ridiculous continuity it would create. More

Posted by Brobe at 14:21 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Needs to be sufficiently mental
Or for that matter they could use Dave Prowse with James Earl Jones's voice. No, hang on... More

Posted by beancounter at 13:41 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Needs to be sufficiently mental
Is it just me who thinks an anglicised, old Crispin Glover has the right nose? Out there suggestion but it might just be mental enough to work... Like a Crispin Glover who's spent his life working on a farm... Or Stephen Merchant with John Hurt's voice... More

Posted by supermaddy at 12:54 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Big and Friendly?
It's a shame John Holmes is dead. He looked really friendly. More

Posted by Jack Spank at 12:09 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Call Weta!
I think this film will need some serious motion-capture work by Weta, ROTPOTA-style, to pull off the giants effectively. What none of us want is a shitty Gulliver's Travels-style piece of shit. More

Posted by Garet6 at 12:04 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Come on Bill Nighy !
Bill Nighy would be fantastic- he would be really good at showing how the BFG is a basically a big kid at heart, , and yet hes also this otherworldly, mystical being. Personally I'd prefer it to be all in live action- no crappy CG job can top the original film ! And besides, making another film might be overkill anyway- Roald Dahl apparently loved the original, - maybe that should be the signal to leave it alone ? ? More

Posted by watchmovies_09 at 10:59 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Broadbent for BFG!
For me the BFG has the potential to be the best film taken from Dahl's work. I would personally would love to have Jim Broadbent in the role, but have him mo-capped Gollum style so he could be rendered as in Quentin Blake's artwork, which for me is already nigh on perfect. Please, please don't feck this one up Dreamworks!!! More

Posted by bobsbitchtits at 10:39 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

Please, please don't make it in 3D!!! More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 08:46 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

It was on telly a week or so ago and I was thinking it would be great to see a new live action adaptation. Spooky. Should be great, as long as Wes Anderson doesn't go within whizzpopping distance of it. More

Posted by horribleives at 06:50 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

This film needs to be incredibly dark! More

Posted by Tenacious P at 22:45 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

He probably can't act, but...
The Irish lock forward, Leo Cullen, is ridiculously tall and certainly looks like the BFG. t_wire_image/images/afp/photo_1312467437462-1-0.jpg More

Posted by Lebo at 22:24 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The old one was immense.
While the animated film is indeed fantastic, I'm really eager to see what can be done with the story in live action. I think Stephen Merchant would make a great BFG. I wonder if they'll mo-cap the other giants to make them look suitably grotesque. More

Posted by bobatim at 21:41 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The old one was immense.
Screw this, the David Jason version was great More

Posted by rich at 21:34 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

The old one was immense.
No way was the old one not a proper film :) I'm sure everyone in the country about my age will have watched this through on the last day of term at school before crimbo. Its ace. Don't change it please Hollywood...and if you do please get Del Boy back to do it, in my mind he is the BFG... More

Posted by Gazme at 18:13 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

So long as it's not as c*** as Fantastic Mr Fox...
And hopefully not to americanised (no offence to USA intended...) More

Posted by Cyberleader at 17:21 on 27 September 2011 | Report This Post

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