Spielberg Changing “BFG,” Open To “West Side”

Following his upcoming Cold War era thriller starring Tom Hanks, filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to tackle the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s classic “The BFG”.

Film Divider has posted a report indicating that the director is set to make a few changes to the book, starting with the leading character Sophie now going to a boarding school rather than an orphanage.

There’s several new characters too including a pair of scientists who debate over whether or not giants exist. Sophie also has a new best friend in the film. It’s hoped the changes won’t disrupt the spirit of the tale.

Spielberg also made an appearance alongside Oprah Winfrey on ABC News this week to promote the release of “The Hundred-Foot Journey”. During the TV chat he was asked about some quite old rumors now that he’s developing a new film adaptation of the classic musical “West Side Story”. He confirms he’s still considering it:

“Well you know something, West Side Story is one of my favourite Broadway musicals and one of the greatest pieces of musical literature, my goodness, one of the greatest scores and some of the greatest lyrics ever written for a musical so just let me put it this way: it’s on my mind.”