A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.
The BFG is an American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer, and written by Melissa Mathison. It is based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, the second adaption of the book following the 1989 direct-to-television film, and the first theatrical adaption.
The film stars Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, a runt and avid dreamer, who kidnaps the orphan Sophie, played by Ruby Barnhill, as to accompany his loneliness and to help him on a mission; additional roles are played by Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Rafe Spall and Jemaine Clement.
Principal photography on the film began on March 23, 2015. The film is a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, and The Kennedy/Marshall Company. The film is scheduled to be released in the Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D and standard theatrical formats on July 1, 2016 through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
About the Production
Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy began development for a big budget adaptation of The BFG in 1991, and set the project up with Paramount Pictures. Husband and wife screenwriters Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan wrote a screenplay adaptation in 1998, with Robin Williams in mind for the title role. By 2001, the script had been rewritten by Gwyn Lurie, which was greeted with positive feedback from the Dahl estate.
In September 2011, DreamWorks announced that they had picked up the film rights to the book; Kennedy and Marshall are slated to produce, and screenwriter Melissa Mathison will adapt the story. Initially John Madden was supposed to direct however in April 2014, Steven Spielberg was announced as the director with Madden now listed as executive director with producer Michael Siegel.
In April 2015, Walt Disney Studios—which was already under agreement to distribute the film through its Touchstone Pictures banner—joined the production as a co-producer and co-financier, and switched the film from a Touchstone release to a Walt Disney Pictures release instead.
Consequently, The BFG is the first Disney-branded film directed by Spielberg; though he has previously produced several films for the studio. Additionally, DreamWorks will not receive a marquee credit—placement of the studio’s production logo on marketing materials nor the film’s opening titles, and instead will be represented by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment production company.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael Adamthwaite, Julia Torrance, Jonathan Holmes
Screenplay by: Melissa Mathison
Production Design by: Rick Carter
Cinematography by: Janusz Kaminski
Film Editing by: Michael Kahn
Costume Design by: Joanna Johnston
Set Decoration by: Elizabeth Wilcox
Music by: John Williams
MPAA Rating: PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: July 1, 2016