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Film will be directed by Spielberg, with a script from ET screenwriter Melissa Mathison.

Steven Spielberg’s The BFG to land in summer 2016

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG will land on July 22nd, 2016 in the UK.

The film will be directed by Spielberg, with a script from ET screenwriter Melissa Mathison.

“It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The BFG, a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales," said Spielberg.

"We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”

The BFG follows a young girl and a giant known as the BFG, who set out on an adventure to stop evil giants who have been invading the human world to eat people.

Luke Kelly, Dahl’s grandson and MD of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, said: “We are so thrilled and excited at this collaboration between two storytelling giants – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg.

“The fact that Steven is bringing one of my grandfather’s best-loved stories and characters to the big screen in the middle of the year in which we will celebrate Roald Dahl’s Centenary is even more fantastic.”

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