Netflix dives into the proverbial chocolate pool, which is Roald Dahl adaptation project, and subsequent scolding songs by Oompa Loompas will do a little to deter the streaming giant that is intended to deal with slate animated versions of classics such as Charlie and the chocolate factory, Matilda and BFG, brandishing plans to "expand the Roald Dahl universe."
While adaptations of the legendary British author's amazing literary works – dating back in 1990 – have never been flawed in movies and television, Netflix's small screen animated plans are immensely ambitious, especially when releasing the word "universe". , the obvious Herculean task of dealing with the vast array of Dahls classic works will take shape in the framework of Netflix's recently announced domestic animation studio, which will be manifested as part of what is called an animated event series. Netflix produces the series in collaboration with Roald Dahl Story Company.
A well-known image in a Wonka Bars disc film reveals a Netflix gold ticket, which serves as the first teaser for the series.
The full slate of Netflix Roald Dahl animated event series consists of the following:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, Georges Wonderful Medicine, Boy Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, Enormous Crocodile, Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, Henry Sugar, Billy And The Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.
Netflix reveals its intention and states that the project is designed to "gather creative, visual and writing teams of the highest quality to expand the stories in this first-rate slate of premium animated event series and specialties for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. "It also emphasizes its plan to" remain faithful to Dahl's mind and tone, while building an imaginative history universe that expands far beyond the sides of the books. "
As Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix, explains:
"To immerse ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been a glory and a huge amount of fun and we are grateful for the confidence that Roald Dahl Story Company and Dahl family have put in our team to deliver several moments of joint joy to families around the world. We have a great creative ambition to reimagine travel by so many beautiful Dahl characters in fresh, modern ways with the highest quality animation and production values. "
Of course, the Dahl family, for its part, is quite present for this animated quest. As Roald's widow, Felicity, is expressed in a statement:
"Our mission, which is genuinely high, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message in Roald Dahl's stories." She adds: "This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move towards making it possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would be happy."
News about Netflix Dahl Universe plans arrives as a number of other adaptations are featured, especially live-action restarts movies for Willy Wonka / Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Witches, as well as a television restart of the Dahl-adapting British Anthology series, Tales of the Unexpected. The new projects will come after the latest high-profile Dahl adaptation in director Steven Spielberg's 2016 animated / live-action hybrid recording BFG.
As far as the animated event series goes, Netflix finds its production to be kicked off sometime in 2019.
We will surely keep you updated about its development.