Posted on September 22, 2021 at 1:55 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Purists, brace yourselves: You can expect far more adaptations of Roald Dahl’s works.
Netflix announced today that it has acquired The Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the late writer’s works.
The two have previously worked together on such projects as a TV series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and an adaptation of Matilda The Musical, reports NPR.
And now, we can expect “the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more,” with “more” including a “tasting experience” inspired by Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
While Dahl’s widow resisted many offers in the past, this deal will keep the current creative team in place and also help fund a charitable trust that focuses on children’s health, anti-hate, and anti-racism, according to NPR.
January 2021 update: According to the Daily Mail, Netflix is spending £370 million ($504 million) to acquire the rights, and a “significant part” of that money will go to the trust.
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