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Spielberg to direct Dahl's The BFG

Steven Spielberg has signed up to direct a movie version of Roald Dahl's The BFG.

The Oscar-winning director is attached to take the reins on the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the well-loved children's book for DreamWorks, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Steven, who has not directed a film since 2012's Lincoln, is said to be officially committed and is already planning to start shooting in 2015, for a 2016 release.

Various directors including Chris Columbus and John Madden had been attached to the film over the years.

The live-action film, which will be produced by Steven's Amblin Entertainment partners Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, will be based on the tale of a Big Friendly Giant who becomes friends with a young orphan girl. DreamWorks bought the rights to the book in 2011.

Melissa Mathison, who wrote the script for ET, is writing the screenplay.

The BFG was previously remade as an ITV animated movie in 1989, starring David Jason as the voice of the friendly giant.

Steven, who dropped out of directing American Sniper, has added his name to several projects including an adaptation of David Kertzer's novel The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara and an as-yet-untitled Cold War film which has Tom Hanks attached.

His other existing movies include Robopocalypse and Montezuma, which focuses on the drama between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

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