Netflix is adapting Matilda, BFG and The Twits, among other Roald Dahl stories for a new animated series.
The new deal with the late author’s family will see the streaming site produce the "animated event series" and specials based on Dahl’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
“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,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl.
“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.”
Netflix said it was a "honor and a massive amount of fun" to take on the project and they 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.”
The Dahl series is part of a big push by Netflix for new animation. The company has its own in-house animation studio now and has grenlit a number of series.
The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Matilda , The BFG , The Twits , Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator , George’s Marvellous 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 .
Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.
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