Anyone who had a childhood would remember the great Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Wonka Chocolate Bar? The Golden Tickets? Ring any bells?
Well, whether you’re a fan who has reread and rewatched both the book and movie adaptation multiple times, or someone who has never heard of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s still time to rejoice—because some of the greatest stories are about to come to our screens.
That is, assuming the adaptations are done right. Just imagine another Wine Club fiasco—the horror.
Netflix Buys Rights to Roald Dahl’s Work
On Wednesday (22 September), Netflix announced on their official Twitter account 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.”
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
The tweet was accompanied by a short video of a Wonka Bar being unwrapped to reveal a Golden Ticket with Netflix’s name on it—a reference to one of Roald Dahl’s most popular novels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Quoting Roald Dahl himself in James and the Giant Peach, Netflix adds that “We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things.”
In the official joint statement between Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos and Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and Dahl’s grandson, they announced that this move comes after a partnership started three years ago to “create a slate of animated TV series” based on the works of Roald Dahl.
The statement by Netflix also revealed that a TV series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in the works, with Academy Award winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and Academy Award nominee Phil Johnston working on the production. In addition, Netflix is also working with Sony and Working Title on an adaptation of the well known Matilda The Musical.
According to BBC, a total of 19 TV shows, films, stage shows and live experiences are currently under production. Other works of Roald Dahl also include The BFG, The Witches and The Twits.
“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,” said Netflix.
“Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company share a deep love of storytelling and a growing, global fan base. Together, we have an extraordinary opportunity to write multiple new chapters of these beloved stories, delighting children and adults around the world for generations to come,” added Netflix in their press release.
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