The writer and director of the stop-motion animation film Fantastic Mr Fox has said that the story's character led him to develop the novel for the big screen.
The 40-year-old told Rolling Stone: "I like that the character is not only the hero and rescues everyone, but is also the one that gets them into the trouble in the first place.
"That got me as a child. He also has a sort of flair in the way he talks and he's inventive, which is a very Dahl-like idea. I also loved the digging. I think there's something about digging that's meaningful for children. My brothers and I loved digging, we wanted to build underground forts all the time."
Actor Jason Schwartzman recently opened up about his friendship with the filmmaker, insisting that he is "a great friend".