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RIP: Melissa Mathison – Screenwriter: ET, Indian in the Cupboard, The BFG

Melissa Matherson, 65, passed away from neuroendocrine cancer November 4, 2015. Image:www.filmbuffonline.com

Melissa Matherson, 65, passed away from neuroendocrine cancer November 4, 2015.
Image:www.filmbuffonline.com

Melissa Mathison, 65, passed away November 4, 2015  in Los Angeles from neuroendocrine cancer. Mathison was an oscar nominated screenwriter, best known for her screenplays for The Black Stallion, E.T., The Indian in the Cupboard, and the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, The BFG.

Steven Spielberg released a statement, “Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave ET.”  Spielberg and Mathison recently reunited to work on the film, The BFG (based on a book of the same name by Roald Dahl) due out in 2016.

Mathison’s career in Hollywood began in 1979, with the screenplay to the film The Black Stallion, based on the beloved children’s story. She went on to write for such films as Twilight Zone: The Movie, adapting Frank Oz’s story The Indian in the Cupboard for the screen, and the biographical film about the Dalai Lama, Kundun. While working on Kundun, she formed a lasting friendship with the Dalai Lama.

Our hearts go out to her family and friends. She has forever touched our hearts with the simple words, “E.T. Phone home.”

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  1. The BFG was one of my favorite Ronald Dahl books as a kid. I cannot wait to see the movie as well!

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