Steven Spielberg to direct Norwegian-British children’s book


Steven Spielberg will direct a movie based on the famous children’s novel The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant(SVK) by the Norwegian-British author Roald Dahl.

The most famous screen versions of Dahl’s children’s books are Mathilda andCharlie and the Chocolate Factory. NowThe BFG will also be adapted for the big screen by none other than the well-known director Steven Spielberg.

The book, named SVK in Norwegian, was first published in 1982. The story is about a large, but friendly giant that finds a good friend in a girl who has lost her parents. Dahl, who was born in Wales to Norwegian parents, became one of the world’s best-selling authors with his captivating children’s books, as well as works for adults.

The production company Dreamworks secured the rights to the book in 2011, but it was not known until now that Spielberg will be the director. The script for the film is allegedly written by Melissa Mathison, who also wrote the script for the movie E.T.

Production will start in 2015, and the movie is estimated to be released in 2016.

via NorwayPost

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.