Netflix has the golden ticket.
The streaming service announced Tuesday that it’s planning an animated series based on the books of Roald Dahl, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” “The BFG” and “The Twits.”
The stories will follow Dahl’s original tales but will be “building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves,” according to Netflix.
“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said in a statement.
“This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
Other titles expected to pop up include “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” and “Rhyme Stew.”
Netflix has recently put an emphasis on children’s programming, launching an in-house animation studio and announcing several projects for kids, including Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion “Pinocchio” and an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s “The Willoughbys.”
“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix, said in a statement.
“We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”
The beloved children’s book author’s controversial past was recently revisited when the British Royal Mint rejected a Roald Dahl commemorative coin because he was “not regarded as an author of the highest reputation.”
In 1990, Dahl called himself antisemitic in an interview with the Independent in which he railed against “Jewish-owned” media.
Seven years earlier, he told the New Statesman that “there is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity.”
“Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason,” he said.
Production on the animated Dahl series will begin next year.