Sunday, April 27, 2014

The BFG News - that's Big Friendly Giant, smart mouth!


Skipping my usual slacker Sunday video to share the warm fuzzy info. You may have heard that an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG has been in development for the past couple of years. The Wrap broke the news that Steven Spielberg is now on board to direct a live action version. What I'd really love is for Quentin Blake's amazing illustrations to come to life on screen but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. They tried an animated version in the 80's, I'll dig up the trailer or a clip and share it below. With the right giant and young actress to play Sophie, this could be as successful as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Some of the names being suggested are Jim Broadbent, Ian McKellan, and James Cromwell. All fine British actors; I'd be good with any of them. Any ideas for Sophie? 
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!


DreamWorks picked up the Dahl classic back in 2012 for Kathleen Kennedy to produce. Melissa Mathison, who penned E.T., adapted the screenplay for The BFG, making the project a homecoming of sorts for a lot of Amblin Entertainment talent. Frank Marshall is also producing with John Madden and Michael Siegel both serving as executive producers.

I found a trailer that a film festival used for their screening of the 1989 version.  Take a look -



Help! How horrible is this? What happened to the lovable BFG, this guy looks like a demented elf instead of the big, friendly giant with the elephantine ears. Poor Quentin Blake, he must have have hated that movie. He's still plugging away, doing exceptional work worth a gander. 


Check out more of his work at QuentinBlake.com






3 comments:

  1. I remember reading this book to my kids. I'm happy that a better version is on its way for kids today.

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  2. This is one of my very favourite Dahls. I haven't seen the animated version before- so terrible. I love The BFG so much that while I'm a bit excited about a new movie, I'm also a bit worried- what if it's terrible?

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    1. Getting the BFG and his ears right will be the hardest part; if they can do that in a way that's believable then they have a good shot at getting it right.

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