Netflix Is Remaking Loads of Roald Dahl Classics Including 'BFG' And 'Matilda'
Most of us will have grown up reading Roald Dahl's stories, so consider the following important news for all: Netflix is turning a selection of his books into animated series.
*Shakes with excitement.*
Yes, the streaming service announced the news today on Twitter, confirming that an adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be first out of the gate.
This will be followed by, what Netflix call, a "wholly original" take on the Oompa-Loompas which builds out of their world.
Both will be written, directed and executive produced by Taika Waititi, the director of Boy (2010) and Jojo Rabbit (2019), for which he won an Academy Award.
Very Exciting Thing: Taika Waititi will write and direct Netflix's first ~two~ Roald Dahl animated series events - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas.
- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) March 5, 2020
"Very Exciting Thing: Taika Waititi will write and direct Netflix's first ~two~ Roald Dahl animated series events - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas," Netflix UK and Ireland tweeted.
Excitingly, these will be followed by a whole host adaptation's of the author's beloved books including Matilda, The BFG and The Twits.
Of course, we've already seen a number of Dahl's works adapted for the stage and big screen, but we're yet to see any reimagined for an animated series.
Notable adaptations include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), an adaptation of Dahl's 1964 children's book of the same name. The hit film saw Johnny Depp take on the role of Willy Wonka.
Matilda, Dahl's 1988 book, has been adapted for both stage and screen, first with the iconic 1996 movie starring Mara Wilson, and most recently, for a turn on the West End in 2011.
Adapting the 1982 book, a live-action version of The BFG hit screens in 2016, following the 1982 animated original film.
Netflix first announced its plans back in 2018, with the streamer and Roald Dahl Story Company both confirming they'd made a deal to bring a new imagining of the classic tales with an original animated event series.
This is such exciting news.
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