Born in Wales, in September of 1916, Roald Dahl probably never dreamed that the books he would write would touch the hearts and imaginations of both children and adults alike a century later. And while his work certainly received praise during his lifetime, one of the world’s greatest storytellers continues to be celebrated today.
You may know Dahl from works such as “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (as well as its sequel, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”). He also less-oft remembered—but equally beloved—books like “Danny, the Champion of the World,” “The Enormous Crocodile,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
But there is another story that many people remember and have been waiting for it to receive the big screen treatment; and the wait is over.
Steven Spielberg has signed on, working with Disney, to bring “The BFG” to life on the silver screen. Yes, the somber and emotional journey of The Big Friendly Giant will be in theatres soon.
“I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children,” Spielberg comments. “It was very, very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of earlier works like Dumbo, Fantasia, Snow White, and Cinderella, and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, and enduring lesson, to everyone. It was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book.”
He goes on to say, “It’s story about friendship, it’s story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.”