Netflix Is Remaking Roald Dahl Classics Including ‘Matilda’ And ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’

The HookThe Hook in Entertainment, Film, Netflix
Published 06.03.20

Roald Dahl has given countless children (and adults) endless amounts of joy with his colourful stories, selling more than 200 million books worldwide.

The Twits is genuinely one of my favourite books of all time and I still vividly remember the bit where Mr. Twit gets cornflakes stuck in his beard.

Brilliant stuff.

Many of his best known books have already been turned into brilliant films, but Netflix have just announced that some of Roald’s most beloved tales will be brought to the streaming service in the form of a new animated series.

The popular streaming service took to Twitter to explain that Jojo Rabbit writer Taika Waititi will be taking the reigns when it comes to not one but TWO Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series’.

The full list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company also includes: Esio TrotGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine, The Enormous CrocodileThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeBilly and the MinpinsThe Magic Finger, and Rhyme Stew.

It’s a Dahl-athon!

Felicity Dahl, Roald’s widow said:

“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.

“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.”

The animated series will follow a number of hugely successful adaptations, with Netflix promising to “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves”.

Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family content at Netflix added:

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and 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.

“We have great creative ambition to re-imagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

here’s no date on when we can expect to see them.

Still, how exciting.

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