Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company are teaming up to bring the stories of the beloved children’s author to life in a new animated event series. Previous Dahl stories that were made into movies, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, are among those set for new adaptations, while others that haven’t had the screen treatment will get a chance to shine.
The full list of titles covered under the Netflix deal is expansive; it includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, Rhyme Stew, as well as Dahl’s memoirs Boy – Tales of Childhood and Going Solo. Production on these specials is set to start in 2019.
Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said in a press release that she hopes this partnership will bring the magic and message of her late husband’s stories to “as many children as possible around the world.” Netflix said that it will “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl” in order to capture some of the author’s unique stories.
Netflix boasts a number of successful, original animated series for all types of audiences, including BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, The Dragon Prince and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The streaming service recently announced that it would be opening an in-house animation studio. The acquisition of the Dahl properties will add another set of animated titles to the growing lineup.