'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and Other Roald Dahl Classics Headed to Netflix as Animated Series
Attention, Roald Dahl fans: Netflix has a surprise for you.
The streaming service has partnered with the Roald Dahl Story Company to bring some of the beloved author's classics to screen. Of course, plenty of Dahl's works have already been adapted for screen -- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), "Matilda" (1996), and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009), to name a few -- but these will be animated event series, as Deadline reports. They'll "remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl," per Netflix, and also potentially grow into a larger story universe.
While we don't know all the specifics of Netflix's plan, the streamer did reveal some of the books that will be adapted. The ones it featured include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "The BFG," "Matilda," and "The Twits." Apparently, we can also expect "many more."
Other titles in the agreement include "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator," "George’s Marvellous Medicine," "Boy – Tales of Childhood," "Going Solo," "The Enormous Crocodile," "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me," "Henry Sugar," "Billy and the Minpins," "The Magic Finger," "Esio Trot," "Dirty Beasts," and "Rhyme Stew."
The late author would be "thrilled," said his wife, Felicity Dahl. She shared in a statement that the Roald Dahl Story Company's mission is to spread "the unique magic and positive message" of his work to children around the world and that this deal does that.
"This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible," she said.
The first of Netflix's Roald Dahl animated series will begin production in 2019.