Netflix purchases Roald Dahl back catalogue – announces classic movie reboots

Matilda cast reunites after 17 years to perform classic scene

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Netflix announced this morning it is teaming up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to bring the “world’s most loved stories” to current and future fans in “creative new ways”. The company said: “We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things.”

The deal will not only venture into the well-known pieces of the storyteller’s literature – including Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – but even more.

The franchises will also be included in other forms of media, including animated and live-action films, as well as TV shows.

On top of this, the deal covers book publishing, video games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more.

This means almost every iteration of the legendary author’s stories will be covered by Netflix in some way.

The Netflix Twitter account added: “In addition to projects coming under this new partnership, Netflix and the RDSC have already begun to work on Roald Dahl’s timeless stories told through a new lens.

“Projects in the works include an event series from the awe-inspiring vision of Taika Waititi based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and another wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas.”

Waititi is currently best known for working with Disney on their Thor series.

He most recently released Thor: Ragnarok, and is currently filming Thor: Love and Thunder.

Trailer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp

Netflix added: “As we bring these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we’re committed to maintaining their unique spirit and their universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix.”

A Matilda film was also previously announced, rebooting the 1996 Danny DeVito movie of the same name.

However, this time there is a twist.

The new Matilda film is instead based on the musical of the same name, which was written and composed by comedian Tim Minchin.

The Matilda the Musical movie is currently slated for release in December 2022.

Currently, it has a few stars already signed up to appear in the movie, including Emma Thompson, James Bond star Lashana Lynch and Stephen Graham.

The last notable adaptation of a Roald Dahl story was in 2006 with Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp playing Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

More to follow…

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