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Plans For Netflix To Release Roald Dahl Films After Buying Rights

Plans For Netflix To Release Roald Dahl Films After Buying Rights

The streaming giant has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company.

It seems Netflix truly has got the golden ticket – the streaming giant has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company.

The deal, which Netflix gained for an undisclosed figure, gives the on-demand service access to the children’s author entire oeuvre of work.

Netflix announced the news on Twitter (
Twitter - Netflix)

The partnership is an extension of a deal the two businesses formerly arranged in 2018, where Netflix had permission to adapt 16 of Roald Dahl’s titles. Projects that will come to fruition from that initial partnership include Marvel director Taika Waititi‘s series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and an adaptation of the stage play Matilda: The Musical.

With Netflix now having access to the entire assortment of work, the streamer is now considering plans on creating a “universe” of projects based on Dahl’s books, including animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, and consumer products. 

The 1971 Willy Wonka is still a classic (

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote in a blog post: “There is a moment in James and the Giant Peach when the Ladybird says: ‘We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things!’. The Centipede replies, ‘there is no knowing what we shall see!’.

“Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company share a deep love of storytelling and a growing, global fan base. Together, we have an extraordinary opportunity to write multiple new chapters of these beloved stories, delighting children and adults around the world for generations to come.” 

Timothee Chalamet will play a young Willy Wonka in a 2023 film (

There’s already been a number of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptions.

The 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is still a beloved classic, as is the 2005 remake by Tim Burton. Wonka, an upcoming prequel focusing on a young Willy Wonka, is scheduled for release in 2023, starring Timothee Chalamet as the titular character.

Other classics by Roald Dahl include Fantastic Mr Dox, The Twits and The BFG.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter - Netflix

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix, Books