Just in time for summer, the Disney fantasy adventure movie The BFG will be released in theaters on July 1, 2016. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and produced by Spielberg, along with Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer. While you are waiting for the movie to come out, here are some interesting facts about The BFG movie.
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Fun Facts About The BFG
Actor Robin Williams was the first person that producers wanted for the role of The BFG. However, because there were technology issues that caused delays in the movie production, Williams, unfortunately, passed away, although he did do several cast readings on the film. Williams passed away on August 11, 2014, from self-inflicted asphyxiation.
This may be hard to believe but this is actually the first Disney movie that Steven Spielberg directed. Spielberg is known for directing loads of hit movies like the 1975 Jaws, the 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the 1991 Hook, the 1993 Jurassic Park, the 1998 Saving Private Ryan, the 2005 War of the Worlds, the 2012 Lincoln and the 2015 Bridge of Spies.
John Williams will do the music for The BFG movie. John Williams has worked on all but two of Steven Spielberg’s movies: the 1985 The Color Purple and the 2015 Bridge of Spies. Quincy Jones did the music for The Color Purple and Thomas Newman did the music for Bridge of Spies.
The character of The BFG actually made his appearance in Roald Dahl’s 1975 book titled Danny, the Champion of the World. He had just a small role in this book, as a character in one of the bedtime stories.
The BFG is the 6th book of author Roald Dahl that has been turned into a movie. The other 5 consist of the 1961 book and 1996 movie James and the Giant Peach, the 1964 book and 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1970 book and 2009 movie Fantastic Mr. Fox, the 1983 book and 1990 movie The Witches and the 1988 book and 1996 movie Matilda. Check out more movies like The BFG!
9 thoughts on “5 Fun Facts About The BFG That May Surprise You”
Steven Spielberg movies are unique & they always come up with a wonderful story line & direction. The BFG has been making news lately & the facts are quiet interesting as well. Would love watching it with my kids.
SSo sorry that Robin Williams had to miss this one…he would have been perfect as usual
These are all great facts about BFG movie. I didn’t know it was the a book first which is interesting and I will have to get the book for my niece’s kids. We can read the book before we see the movie. Thanks for sharing these facts.
I’m a Spielberg fan, definitely going to watch this. To tide me over I just need to read the books first. Sounds like a plan!
I didn’t know Steven Spielberg directed this movie! So cool! I’d love to watch this movie and read the book! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post!
Oh, that makes me sad all over again about Robin Williams 🙁 I’m interested to see this one – I remember reading the book when I was little!
This gonna be a great movie 🙂 This is really interesting. I’m so excited to it.
I was very surprised to hear that Steven Spielberg directed this movie, at first I thought I maybe just heard wrong. It’s so nice to see him work on a story such as this. It’s a really interesting movie that I’m sure will touch a lot of people.