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A New 'Matilda' Movie Adaptation Is Coming To Netflix

A New 'Matilda' Movie Adaptation Is Coming To Netflix

Grab your library card and untie those pigtails, because a new big screen version of Roald Dahl's Matilda is reportedly in the works.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures and Netflix have partnered for a film adaptation of Matilda the Musical, the stage hit version of the classic children's story.

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The movie is said to be set for a full theatrical release and home video run exclusively in the UK, before streaming on Netflix globally.

The project is headed up by Matthew Warchus, artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre.

Warchus previously directed the Laurence Olivier Awards-winning stage musical version, which landed in London in 2010. So, the movie should be in safe hands.

Further details of the cast and an air date have yet been released.

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Seriously, the movie has a lot to live up to.

Danny Devito's 1996 movie version put an American spin on the British children's story (Credit: Jersey Films)
Danny Devito's 1996 movie version put an American spin on the British children's story (Credit: Jersey Films)

Roald Dahl's original book, published in 1988, was a bookshelf staple for 90s kids.

The story followed bookish Matilda Wormwood as she escapes to the local library to break free from her neglectful, bingo-loving mum and corrupt, TV-obsessed dad.

Later, when Matilda joins school, she has to contend with her ferocious head teacher, Miss Trunchbull. Luckily, she finds a friend in her form teacher, kind-hearted Miss Honey.

Gradually, Matilda discovers she has mysterious telekinetic powers which enable her to bring the bullies in her life to rights. We all remember the moment with the newt and the glass of water, right?

The book had all the Roald Dahl-isms that made him a writing sensation, from its colourful characters to its darkly funny jokes, and spawned a series of adaptations.

The 1996 version starred 90s film favourite Mara Wilson as Matilda (Credit: Jersey films)
The 1996 version starred 90s film favourite Mara Wilson as Matilda (Credit: Jersey films)

Danny Devito's 1996 movie version, starring 90s film favourite Mara Wilson, put an American spin on the British children's story, with Devito himself playing Matilda's crooked car salesman dad.

Produced by Jersey Films, the film gave us epic big-screen takes on scenes like chocolatey Bruce Bogtrotter eating his way to victory and poor Amanda Thripp being thrown out of the classroom window by her pigtails.

The musical adaptation, Matilda the Musical, was a certified hit, and after a successful run in London went on to scoop a whopping four Tony Awards during its run on Broadway from 2013 to 2017.

We're more excited for this new movie adaptation than Brucie was when he polished off that choccie cake.

Featured Image Credit: Jersey Films

Topics: TV and Film, TV Entertainment

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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