Ever wondered what the combined talents of Dahl, Disney and Spielberg would look like? Check out the brand new trailer for The BFG.
The BFG marks Steven Spielberg’s first directorial outing under Disney‘s roof which is naturally something that excites us. The studio is once again taking on a world-famous fairy tale, this time the work of one of the greatest authors of all time Roald Dahl, and what better way to do so than with the world’s most successful filmmaker.
The new trailer offers little content but given that the film is still seven months out we wouldn’t have expected much more. The clip definitely works as a little tease to have us acknowledge that the project exists, and that with such talent behind the camera we have something to be excited about. Be sure to read the official synopsis below for more details regarding the plot:
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.
Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Development for the film began way back in 1991 when producers Kathleen Kennedy (who is currently overseeing the entire Star Wars franchise) and Frank Marshall were intent on delivering a big budget adaptation of the novel, which at that point was set up with Paramount Pictures. Over the last 24 years the project has been altered, chopped and changed, in fact in 1998 the late Robin Williams was in talks for the title role. Fast forwarding to 2011, DreamWorks announced that they had picked up the film rights to the book, in 2014 it was announced that Spielberg would be directing the film, and by March 2015 Walt Disney Studios, which was already under agreement to distribute the film, joined the production as a co-producer and co-financier, along with Walden Media.
It seems everything worked out for the best in the end, and when you land Steven Spielberg for your Roald Dahl book-to-film adaptation under the Disney banner I think you’d know it.
So what do you make of The BFG? Are you looking forward to seeing the film?
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The BFG is scheduled for a July 1st, 2016 release.