The streaming giant announced Tuesday that it has launched a collaboration with the Roald Dahl story company to adapt and even expand several of the best-selling children's authors classic tales into "animated event series." The new slate of series promises to be a "first-of-its-kind" endeavor that will both remain true to Dahl's creations and grow them into an "imaginative story universe."
“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,” Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said in a statement. “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.”
There's no word yet on creative teams for the series, but Netflix has promised to assemble the "highest quality" animation talent for the series. We also don't yet know which Dahl story will be adapted first, and Netflix will have quite a long list to choose from. According to the official press release, the stories included in the agreement are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, 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.
The first of Netflix's Roald Dahl animated event series is expected to enter production next year. We'll update you as we hear more.