Netflix has just landed a major golden ticket!
The streaming giant and The Rolad Dahl Story Company has inked a huge development deal, which means that we get to relive our childhood classics including Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The streaming giant has already announced that new versions of several of Dahl’s classics are heading our way.
“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,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, 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.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the titles in development as part of the deal include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, 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.
“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 parties also released a joint statement, which reassured Dahl readers that the re-imagining will “to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl.”
Production is set to begin in 2019.