The first look comes as Sky Cinema confirms it will release the film in cinemas on its subscription channel in February, 2021.
Campaigners said the film was another example of films linking disability or physical impairments to evil characters.
The Roald Dahl movie is heading straight to HBO Max in the USA, with its UK fate unknown.
The duchess plays the ship's captain and will be in the same episode as Lupita Nyong’o.
A gold logo, set against a dark blue backdrop, spells out the film’s title – which looks to be Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
Trump was chosen by the public as the young heroine's modern-day nemesis, in a new poll to celebrate Matilda's 30 anniversary.
Charlie Bucket, the young hero from Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' was originally black, his widow has revealed.
It’s Roald Dahl day – what would have been the 101st birthday of the legendary author behind many of the best-loved children’s books of all time. Dahl’s anarchic and often surprisingly dark sense of humour has been hugely influential on generations of storytellers, a number of whom have tried their hand at bringing his stories to the big screen.So, which is the best-loved big screen Roald Dahl adaptation of them all? We took stock of the audience ratings of the seven theatrically-released feature films based on his books: i.e. not including TV movies ‘Esio Trot,’ ‘Danny the Champion of the World,’ the animated version of ‘The BFG,’ or the recent straight to DVD movie ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’Here’s how the rankings worked out (with a nod to each film’s Rotten Tomatoes scores included).Think this list is scrumdiddlyumptious, or a load of old snozzcumbers? Feel free to let us know how you’d rank the films in the comments section below.Read More:Why Roald Dahl Hated Willy Wonka10 great horror movies with child heroesCorey Feldman snaps Goonies reunion photo
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While some might still be coming to terms with Johnny Depp's Anna Wintour-esque iteration of Roald Dahl's eccentric confectioner, it looks like there might be another on the way.
It looks as though Willy Wonka may be getting an origin story. During an interview with SlashFilm, producer David Heyman revealed that the upcoming ‘Willy Wonka’ movie won’t retread old ground… and could explore the character’s origins. Of course, Willy Wonka first appeared on the big screen played by Gene Wilder in the children’s classic, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’.
By Justin Kroll, Variety After helping build the Harry Potter franchise and rebooting it with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are re-teaming to revive another classic character. Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka intellectual property from the Roald Dahl Estate and is planning a new movie centered around the eccentric character. ...
The BFG opened in cinemas last week, and tells the tale of an unlikely friendship of giant proportions. Ten-year-old Sophie embarks on a whirlwind of an adventure with the Big Friendly Giant (a.k.a. the BFG) in Giant Country, where they work together to bring down man-eating giants. The movie is based on one of British author Roald Dahl’s classics of the same name, which was first published in 1982. The BFG is a character that has been beloved by generations, a gentle, loveable creature despite his giant stature. The man-eating monsters on the other hand, are not quite as gentle, but they aren’t the only frights and fiends we’ve come across in Roald Dahl’s books. Take a walk down memory lane, and see if you can remember these terrifying characters created by literary legend, Roald Dahl.1. The Grand High Witch“My orders are that every single child in this country shall be rrubbed out, sqvashed, sqvirted, sqvittered and frrrittered before I come here again in vun year’s time! Do I make myself clear?“ - The Grand High WitchThe Grand High Witch from Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic The Witches is the most powerful witch in the world, and “all witches are petrified of her”. Her lifelong mission is to rid the world of all human children through cruel means, such as turning them into mice or trapping them in paintings. Also terrifying is the legion of witches she commands who (apart from having gaudy fashion choices) also bear hauntingly vacant expressions - the stuff of nightmares for us when we were kids. The Grand High Witch was brought to life by Anjelica Huston (famous for also playing Morticia Addams in 1991′s The Addams Family) in the movie adaptation. It was in the film that we saw first hand exactly how gruesome and horrifying the witches were, once they removed their “human” disguises.2. The Enormous CrocodileThe Enormous Crocodile grinned, showing hundreds of sharp white teeth. "For my lunch today,” he said, “I would like a nice juicy little child.” - The Enormous CrocodileThe Enormous Crocodile (yes, that’s his name) is a beastly creature that dreams of feeding on juicy, plump children for lunch. He devises schemes and tricks to trap children, but his plans are repeatedly foiled by other creatures of the forest. For a young child, this story could quickly spiral into a gory, terrifying tale of monstrous beasts hunting little children. We’re not sure if mega-crocs like these still exist, but it would be frightening if there was a crocodile somewhere in the wild with a mouth large enough to chomp down several children at once.3. The Child CatcherThe Baroness will have your teeth for a necklace, and your eyeball for earrings. - The Child CatcherFun fact: did you know that the screenplay for 1968′s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was co-written by Roald Dahl? The movie was adapted for the big screen from Ian Fleming’s book, but the movie’s villain, the Child Catcher, was created by Dahl specifically for the film. As one of Dahl’s most iconic characters, the Child Catcher is a maniacal, sinister man who ruthlessly snatches children off the streets and imprisons them. In 2005, the Child Catcher was voted ‘the scariest villain’ in a BBC poll, despite not being a part of the original book at all!4. Miss Trunchbull“Looking at her, you got the feeling that this was someone who could bend iron bars and tear telephone directories in half.” - MatildaThe headmistress at Crunchem Hall Primary School is the villain in the tale of Matilda. Armed with olympian strength and a cruel demeanour, the tyrannical Miss Agatha Trunchbull strikes terror in the hearts of students and teachers alike. She is a formidable woman, described by Roald Dahl as “a gigantic holy terror.” With a heartless penchant for swinging little girls by their pigtails and locking her students in a nail-studded cupboard, she embodies everything we ever feared about school.
Sam Mendes is in “very early” negotiations with Disney to direct a live-action version of “James And The Giant Peach.” Nick Hornby is also in preliminary talks to write the screenplay for the project, 20 years after Disney released the animated movie, directed by Henry Selick and based on the Roald Dahl book. The original book,... <a href="http://variety.com/2016/film/news/sam-mendes-disney-james-and-the-giant-peach-reboot-1201845072/" title="Read Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘James and the Giant Peach’">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
The movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story about a magical girl and her tyrannical headmistress has just turned 20, so what are the cast – young and old – up to now?Image credits: Mara Wilson/Twitter, Jimmy Karz/MySpace, Kiami Davael/Twitter, jacquelinesteiger.com, TriStar, Sara Magdalin/LinkedIn, Facebook, PA, Getty
As part of our series on mind-blowing movie fan theories, we’re changing the way you watch some of Hollywood’s most famous films. - 5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius - Amazing Picture Of A Young Benedict Cumberbatch Today – a double! 1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ and the Johnny Depp remake ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ from 2005. The theory Published in 1964, Roald Dahl’s masterpiece about a reclusive confectionary inventor who hides five Golden Tickets in bars of chocolate around the world so a group of kids can win a visit to his factory has thrilled readers for generations. It’s been adapted for the screen twice – originally starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and again with Johnny Depp.
The stateside commercial failure of Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ has sent shockwaves through film fandom. Generations of British readers have known Dahl as one of the finest writers of children’s books the world has even seen. As we await the UK release of 'The BFG,’ what better time to look back on the existing Dahl movies, and consider how well they captured the spirit of the timeless storyteller?
Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit... <a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/news/roald-dahl-movies-bfg-steven-spielberg-matilda-1201806205/" title="Read From ‘The BFG’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
Steven Spielberg’s live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic ‘The BFG’ has just screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and so far the reaction has been hugely positive. Director Spielberg and Mark Rylance (the actor who plays the big friendly giant) collaborate again, having worked on ‘Bridge of Spies’ together. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave it a four-star write-up, calling it ”hugely charming” and describes Rylance’s casting as the BFG as crucial, saying he “absolutely makes this movie what it is”.
Between Jon Favreau’s ‘Jungle Book’ and Steven Spielberg’s 'The BFG’, it’s looking like a vintage year for classic literature on the big screen.