Netflix has announced it’s intent to animate almost all of the major titles written by beloved children’s book author, Roald Dahl. Each series will unveil a new story universe in which adaptations of many of Dahl’s major titles will be played out. Netflix has confirmed that “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”, and “The BFG” will be included as well as “Boy – Tales of Childhood”, a book of Dahl’s own childhood experiences.
“We are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” Melissa Cobb, the vice president of kids and family content at Netflix, said in a statement, as reported by the NY Times earlier today.
While Netflix has acquired the rights from the Roald Dahl Story Company for many of his most popular stories, it is not immediately clear how many will make it to television.
“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said in a press release according to a NY Times article. “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
Production is set to begin in 2019.
Netflix will adapt the Roald Dahl universe of stories as a new slate of animated event series. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG are just a few of the titles from the author's beloved and award-winning library that will be reimagined for a new generation pic.twitter.com/ODO6cjqja1
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