Netflix finds golden ticket in Roald Dahl deal

The SVOD giant is set to adapt classic Roald Dahl books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG into new original animated series.
November 27, 2018

Streaming giant Netflix has struck an exclusive deal with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create and produce a slate of original animated event series based on children’s books by the acclaimed author including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and The Twits.

The companies will team up to make premium series and specials for all ages with production set to begin on the first unnamed Netflix Dahl project next year. Netflix intends for the new projects to remain faithful to the unique spirit and tone of the iconic author, but also expand the Dahl universe beyond the books’ stories.

Additional Dahl titles included in the deal are 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. To date, more than 300 million Roald Dahl books have been sold worldwide.

Netflix also recently announced that will make shows and films based on C.S. Lewis’s iconic book series The Chronicles of Narnia. The multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company marks the first time that the rights to all seven books in the Narnia universe will be held by the same company.

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