Taika Waititi to Direct Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompa Animated Series for Netflix

Back in late 2018 Netflix announced that they are to produce a number of animated series based on Roald Dahl’s beloved stories and characters. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and more will be reimagined and extended in the new animations. We now have confirmation that Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) will direct the first two of these new animated shows.

The first is a series based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory while the second is a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, who will star in their own event series. 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.

Gideon Simeloff, Commercial and Entertainment Director, Roald Dahl Story Company said: “In the words of Willy Wonka himself – we are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project. There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first of their kind, feature quality Netflix shows”.

Other titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company include:

  • 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
  • Rhyme Stew.

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