Steven Spielberg "Officially Committed" To Direct Roald Dahl's The BFG

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg is firmly attached to direct an adaption of Roald Dahl's famous and much loved children's book, The BFG for Dreamworks.  We reported way back in 2011 that Dreamworks had acquired the rights to the book but there was no word if Spielberg was going to be involved.  What we did know at the time was Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall were to produce the movie.  Obviously with Star Wars VII on the agenda and Kennedy involved very much with Lucasfilm this arrangement will change.  Marshall will still produce.

Spielberg has also added his name to other projects in the past month, including an adaptation of the David Kertzer novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and an untitled Cold War project written by Matt Charman that has Tom Hanks attached.  Robopocalypse is also rumoured to be still on the cards.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, what makes this different to the other movies is that Spielberg has"officially committed" to the directors spot for BFG.  They also write:

A source with knowledge of the situation said the flurry of announcements counters "the perception that [Spielberg] is out of business with [DreamWorks CEO] Stacey Snider going to Fox and Dreamworks as we know it going away." Snider has been considered likely to take a high-level creative position at the Fox film studio, sparking speculation about the future of DreamWorks.
Read more at Hollywood Reporter


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