In late 2018 it was announced that Netflix would produce a number of animated series based on Roald Dahl’s beloved stories and characters and now the streaming giant has taken this one step further – by acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company. We already knew that Academy Award winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and Academy Award nominee Phil Johnston were hard at work on a series based on the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as well as Netflix working with Sony and Working Title on an adaptation of “Matilda The Musical.”
The new acquisition expands on this to bring much more ambitious venture: the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more.
As we bring these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we’re committed to maintaining their unique spirit and their universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix.
– Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer
Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.
The list of titles in the previous agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company included:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- 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
- Rhyme Stew.