Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak
She's dressed to impress
True Story Trailer Arrives
James Franco has a tale to tell
Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book
He knows the Bare Necessities
New American Sniper Trailer Online
Bradley Cooper shoots to kill
Tak3n Becomes A 12A
Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...
Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish
He's set for a new comedy
Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice
Sony has bought the project
The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork
Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton
Featuring The Interview(s)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 December 2014
The BFG Finds Its Sophie
Newcomer Ruby Barnhill lands dream role
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Milius (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Jurassic Park (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Lincoln (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Steven Spielberg's BFG Gets A Release Date
Just in time for Roald Dahl's centenary

11 July 2014  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Entertainment One

submit to reddit



Dumbo
isn’t the only loveable, giant-lugged game in Hollywood this week. Also once-animated and also now en route to a live-action redo is Steven Spielberg’s The BFG - or Big Friendly Giant for the acronym-averse – which now has an official release date. It makes its worldwide bow in the UK and July 22, 2016 is the date to circle in your long-range diary, putting it up against Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur.

Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s beloved belobed one has been penned by E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It’s had a lengthy and often briar-strewn path to the screen, passing through the hands of directors such as John Madden and Chris Columbus, before Spielberg took up the gauntlet for DreamWorks.

“It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The BFG”, Spielberg says, “a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales. We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”

For more on that Roald Dahl big-screen legacy history, head to this potted history of Dahl adaptations. If you’re not familiar with the story, The BFG tells of the world’s only friendly giant and his friendship with young girl called Sophie. He makes it his mission to collect good dreams and gift them to children while destroying nightmares and keeping his nasty fellow gigantic brethren from eating “human beans”.

Spielberg is also producing The BFG with old Raiders and Empire Of The Sun cohort Frank Marshall, with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel also on board as executive producers. Some pedigree there.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Podcast 119: Richard Linklater, Jack Reynor
Youth and young manhood
New Trailer For Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York
Whoopee, Depardieu

Your Comments

Somebody who can do eccentric an goofy but also be decent an charismatic.
I'd love to see the BFG played by a character actor someone unexpected out of left field. I'm thinking out loud but someone preferably who doesn't play him with an American accent and is over 40, Christoph Waltz, Jim Broadbent, Sam Shepard if he can do the accent could be good, Michael Palin, Michael Gambon, Donald Sumpter, John Hurt, Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy. More

Posted by dyl.letsgo at 16:13 on 14 July 2014 | Report This Post

But is it going to be shot in the UK? More

Posted by adammharvey at 13:32 on 12 July 2014 | Report This Post

Casting thoughts
I always thought a Mo-capped Jim Broadbent would be a perfect choice for the BFG. More

Posted by bobsbitchtits at 16:12 on 11 July 2014 | Report This Post

Casting thoughts
I always thought a Mo-capped Jim Broadbent would be a perfect choice for the BFG. More

Posted by bobsbitchtits at 16:11 on 11 July 2014 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Review Of The Year: 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2014
The scores and OSTs to add to your playlist

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)