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Walt Disney Studios To Produce Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

April 13, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Coming Soon reports that Walt Disney Studios will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. This will be his first time directing a Disney film. Production has started in Vancouver.

The film stars Mark Rylance as the “Big Friendly Giant” and Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, along with Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa and Olafur Olaffson, all as giants. The film also features Penelope Wilton as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary, the Queen’s maid.

Spielberg said: “In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director. It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start ‘The BFG,’ alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison. Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn added: “With Steven Spielberg at the helm, ‘The BFG’ will undoubtedly capture the minds of children and adults alike – as Roald Dahl’s original stories and many of Steven’s own films have done for decades. The team at Disney has tremendous respect for the filmmakers, and we’re thrilled to join with them to make what will be a spectacular picture.

Dreamworks Studios CEO Michael Wright said: “This partnership speaks to the spirit of storytelling and the kinds of movies that we make here. Over the years, we have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Disney in this expanded capacity on ‘The BFG.’

Here’s a synopsis: “The BFG” is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

It was based on the book by Roald Dahl, which was published in 1982. The script comes from Melissa Mathison, who worked with Spielberg on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. It will be produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Michael Siegel and Kristie Macosko Krieger executive producing. Adam Somner is a co-producer. The film is a Disney/Amblin/Reliance production in association with Walden Media. It will be released on July 1, 2016, the 100th birthday of Dahl.

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