Netflix has just announced that they are turning most of our favourite Roald Dahl books into brand new animated series.
The streaming giant revealed their plans to flood our feed with nostalgia after they struck a deal with the late author's family.
They plan to to produce “animated event series” and specials based on a number of Dahl’s works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
“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 Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl.
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.
Netflix says it will “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone” of Dahl’s work while also building an “imaginative story universe” that extends beyond the author’s books.
“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,” said Melissa Cobb, vp kids and family content at Netflix.
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 forthcoming Dahl series are part of a big animation push over at Netflix. The company is reportedly launching its own in-house animation studio and has reportedly greenlit a number of new series.
Production will start on the first of Netflix’s Dahl projects in 2019.