Geek It! Literature Newsbyte: First look at Disney’s Roald Dahl Adaptation of The BFG

“It was the witching hour, when the boogie man comes out, when people go missing. The girls say the witching hour arrives at midnight. I think it comes at three in the morning, when I’m the only one left awake.”

And the witching hour is certainly upon us! Directed by Steven Spielberg, The BFG is the latest Roald Dahl story to be adapted into a live-action film.

For those who don’t know, The BFG tells the imaginative story of ten-year-old Sophie who is introduced to the Big Friendly Giant, and the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie soon comes to realize that the 24-feet tall BFG is actually quite gentle despite his intimidating appearance.

However, all was not well when the other Giants become bothered by Sophie’s presence, and it was only a matter of time before danger greets Sophie.

Hollywood has had a great history of adapting Dahl’s novels into films including The Witches (1990), Matilda (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 and 2005).

Best known for his work in ET and The Adventures of Tintin, there is no doubt at all that Steven Spielberg will succeed in bringing Dahl’s beloved classic to life.

The BFG is set to be released in theaters on July 1, 2016. What do you think of the trailer?

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