Netflix has announced that it will adapt Roald Dahl’s books, including Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, into a slate of original animated event series.
In a statement, the streaming giant promised that the shows would form an “imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.”
Netflix is producing with The Roald Dahl Story Company, with production set to begin on the first of the series’ in 2019. The Dahl estate is represented by Endeavor Content
Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family content at Netflix, said: “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.”
Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl added: “Our mission… 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.”
The list of titles in the deal 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.