Posted on 11/28/2018 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
We’re starting to feel like a broken record over here — if anyone has “Roald Dahl” and “TV adaptation” on their Fussy newswire bingo cards, you’re in luck.
Streaming giant Netflix announced Tuesday that it has struck a deal with the late author’s estate for rights to sixteen of his works.
According to the Verge, those titles include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
(The whole list and some notable exceptions are in the Verge’s article.)
The Hollywood Reporter says the deal should yield an animated “imaginative story universe” like the Marvel universe, which links stories and characters.
The emphasis will be “event series and specials,” rather than just ongoing shows, adds the Verge.
Netflix shelled out nine figures for the rights alone, with the total production budget expected to surpass $500 million and even hit $1 billion, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Production should begin next year, but no names associated with the projects have been announced.
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