Netflix now owns the complete works of Roald Dahl. Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74 and is the name behind some of the greatest, most beloved children’s stories of all time. The Twits, James And The Giant Peach, The Witches, The BFG, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory all came from his imagination. His books have sold more than 250 million.
Netflix already had an agreement in place from 2018 around some Dahl productions. In the pipeline was a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory reboot with Taika Waititi and the movie version of Tim Minchin’s Matilda The Musical. Now they can go further. Netflix announced the news on social media:
Excited to announce that the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and Netflix are joining forces to bring some of the world's most loved stories to current and future fans in creative new ways.
“We are now about to visit the most marvellous places and see the most wonderful things.” pic.twitter.com/NIiBeStJm2
— Netflix (@netflix) September 22, 2021
The adaptions are expected to be made mostly in the UK as Netflix has a considerable presence there. Sex Education, The Crown, and The Haunting Of Bly Manor are some of the shows produced by Netflix in Britain.
The head of the Roald Dahl Story Company and the author’s grandson Luke Kelly, co-wrote a blog post with Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix:
“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.
We want to say a huge thank you to all the people who have contributed to this great story so far. Looking ahead, we’re excited to continue the close working relationships established by RDSC with existing rights holders, publishing, theatre and entertainment partners, and many others to protect and grow the great legacy of these beloved stories.”
Dahl also wrote the story for the Bond movie You Only Live Twice, as the movie veers very far from Fleming’s original.