Although it was reported just days ago that Steven Spielberg was looking at potentially next helming a story about the U-2 spy plane incident, The Hollywood Reporter today reveals that his very next project will be DreamWorks' big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG.
Published in 1982, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is officially described as follows:
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!
ComingSoon.net spoke with producer Kathleen Kennedy about the project back in 2012 where she said that, even then, the project was nearly ready to shoot (albeit without a director having been named).
"[It's] live action," she said, "[and] pretty far along."
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.