Well, this is sensational news. Steven Spielberg may return to genre dramas with the writer from E.T. Even better, he'll be adapting the Roald Dahl book The BFG.
Variety is reporting that Spielberg will re-team with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg on E.T., to bring Dahl's beloved giant tale to life. For those of you unaware, The BFG stands for The Big Friendly Giant (which is NOT what we called it in grade school). The plot follows a little girl who finds a nice, friendly giant, and convinces that big friendly giant to go on a journey with her to stop the other man-eating giants from eating up all the boys and girls of the village. It's an absolutely wonderful tale, full of delightful Dahl creations like snozzcumbers and Frobscottle.
Fingers crossed for this one.
Mathison is working on the script and production will start in the first quarter of 2015, with a planned 2016 release date.