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Steven Spielberg Making 'The BFG', Video Gamers Rejoice

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 14, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 14, 2015 |

When I was 14, I got the freeware version of Doom. Remember how ID got its start? By making video games and then releasing the first “episode” of the game as freeware to hook you on the game so you’d buy the rest? Ah the good old days, when sixteen colors and no mouse movement were what we had, and we liked it. You can go play it for free in Flash now , one of those games you used to have to buy a fancy graphics card to play. And it will be at once nostalgic and horrifying to play. Trust me.

But anyway, the BFG is one of the most legendary items in video game history. First appearing as a secret almost impossible to find weapon in Doom, it’s made recurrent appearances in a number of follow up games. It also appeared in the film version of Doom, which is best left completely and utterly forgotten no matter what you might have smelled cooking.

Really when they adapted Doom, they should have just made it about the BFG in the first place. Really, it’s the main character of those games anyway.

Well I’ve got fantastic news! Steven Spielberg has signed up to adapt The BFG. It’s a bit of a strange fit, but the man know story, so I know he’s going to get this right.

“As production gets underway in Vancouver, The Walt Disney Studios announced it will co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG.” This marks the three-time Academy Award winner’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie….”The BFG” is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” are currently available in 58 languages and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.”


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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.