Steven Spielberg‘s Hollywood career has been long and expansive; it also shows no signs of slowing down. With cold war drama Bridge of Spies recently released and YA science-fiction adaptation Ready Player One entering development, the Jaws director is as present in cinematic culture today as he was 40 years ago. Throughout the past six decades, Spielberg has one glaring omission from his collaborative roster; he has never worked with Walt Disney Pictures. This may come as a surprise as the director’s filmography is crammed with childhood classics and family favourites; E.T., Hook, Artificial Intelligence, any of these films could have found a home at Disney’s studios. Spielberg is actually a principal partner of Dreamworks, who have a long running distribution deal with the Disney company that will end in 2016. However, just before the companies part way, we will see the release of BFG, Spielberg‘s adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake‘s children’s classic – making it the first film released by the director under the Disney banner.
The trailer gives little away, though it entices us with its atmosphere of magical potential; a trademark of Spielberg‘s children’s films. The story follows Sophie, a young girl living under the brutish rule of an English orphanage. Kidnapped by a giant, and taken to a mystical realm of colossi, Sophie must deal with a band of not so friendly giants, with help from her newfound companion and the Queen of England. BFG stars Ruby Barnhill and the vocal talent of Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader, and Penelope Wilton. Check out the trailer below:
Disney‘s BFG is set for release in the UK on July 22, 2016.