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Steven Spielberg to Direct Roald Dahl Adaptation ‘The BFG’

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Steven Spielberg is is now loaded for bare with possible upcoming projects, as he’s just attached himself to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG.’ After having spent the last two years without making a film, he’s now got a slew of potential follow ups to his last effort ‘Lincoln.’

This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who note that the film had been kicking around DreamWorks for a while, with directors like John Madden and Chris Columbus attached to helm it at one point or another. ‘E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial’ scribe Melissa Mathison was attached to write it, though that suggests they don’t have a finished draft, which means it’s possible that even if this Spielberg’s next film, it wouldn’t be ready sooner than 2016.

BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, and this would be an interesting choice for Spielberg, as he’s spent the last couple years working on more serious projects, with ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ the notable exception. This project comes after his recent attachment to ‘,’ talk of the resurrection of ‘Robopocalypse‘ a ‘West Side Story‘ remake, the Aztec period piece ‘Montezuma,’ and recently word was he might have a reunion with Tom Hanks for a World War II picture. Considering the director’s ability to churn out multiple films in a year, it’s possible that he’s building himself a slate of upcoming titles. Regardless, after taking a break after making the Oscar-winning ‘Lincoln,’ it’s good to know he’s ready to get back to work.

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