In November 2015, I very excitedly blogged about the news that The Big Friendly Giant would be adapted into a movie (read the earlier blog post here), directed by Steven Spielberg. The BFG premiered at the film festival of Cannes in May 2016, and was released internationally at the end of June 2016. On July 20th it will be released in Belgium, so once I’ve seen it you can expect a review of the movie. One of my favourite authors of children’s books, Marc de Bel, has already seen the movie and he thinks that the movie is better than the book (source).
“The movie is better than the book” – Marc de Bel
Work on the live-action movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book began in 1991 and passed through the hands of various screenwriters.In 1998, negotiations took place with Robin Williams in the title role but his unique improvisational style didn’t fit with the specific Giant Speak of the BFG. The project was tabled again until, in 2001, the script was rewritten again. Finally, in 2011, DreamWorks (who work closely with Walt Disney Pictures) bought the movie rights and in 2014, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be the director. In 2015, Walt Disney Studios joined the project making it the first movie that Spielberg has directed for Walt Disney Pictures. The movie hasn’t earned the expected amount of money (yet), but it did receive good reviews from critics.
And now it’s time to really whet your appetite, with trailers and movie clips. Let’s dive right in with the teaser trailer, released on December 9th, 2015:
Then there’s the first official movie trailer, released on April 5th 2016:
And the second official movie trailer, released on May 15th 2016:
I mean, how amazing does this movie look? And just for fun, here are two more amazing movie clips. Check out The BFG in Buckingham Palace:
And, last but not least, watch The BFG talk about his job of catching dreams:
Let me know when you are going to see it, and what you thought of the movie. I can’t wait to see it myself!