It seems as though Netflix is working a bit of magic as the streaming service has announced plans to adapt and expand on the writings of author Roald Dahl, turning his classic stories (many of which have become classic movies) into animated series events that will bring things beyond his written words. Among the titles in development are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (the first time it’s been adapted); The BFG, and Matilda, among others.
“Roald Dahl’s stories,” says Netflix, “have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends 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.”
Felicity Dahl, Roald’s widow, enthusiastically offers, “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.”
“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,” adds Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”
Besides those listed above, other stories will include The Twits, George’s Marvelous 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.
As Mr. Willy Wonka might say, it looks like we’re heading to a world of pure imagination.