The streaming giant has officially acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company and all of Roald Dahl’s famous stories. Netflix finalized the deal today after a previous one was made to produce animated adaptations of Dahl’s works.
The Roald Dahl Story Company Joins Netflix
This new deal essentially expands on the previous arrangement for Netflix to create several animated shows. With the entire Roald Dahl catalog under their roof, Netflix will be able to generate any adaptation into any format. This means that audiences will get to see all of their beloved tales through films, shows, games, etc.
Excited to announce that the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and Netflix are joining forces to bring some of the world's most loved stories to current and future fans in creative new ways.
“We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things.” pic.twitter.com/NIiBeStJm2
— Netflix (@netflix) September 22, 2021
These said tales include wonderful classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and more. Netflix plans on creating a massive universe that includes these stories and beyond. In addition to the acquisition, all Roald Dahl Story Company employees will keep their positions as they shift toward Netflix.
The Deal’s Extended Hand
There are a couple of projects that are already in the works over at Netflix. Writer/director Taika Waititi is working on a new vision for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; a live-action feature film of Matilda that stars Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Alisha Weir as the titular character. Moreover, Matthew Warchus will be directing the new project.
Furthermore, a charitable trust has also been established as part of the acquisition that will focus on children’s health, anti-hate, and anti-racism. This comes as part of the author‘s complicated past of being anti-Semitic. The company apologized for Dahl’s previous remarks; the author’s views aren’t accepted in their work to preserve and expand on his classic children’s stories.
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