The stories of British novelist Roald Dahl have been adapted on the big screen many times over the years from directors like Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Danny Devito and even Steven Spielberg. Now, Dahl's stories will be reimagined on the small screen by Netflix with a selection of animated series.
Netflix announced the animated adaptations of Dahl's stories in a joint press release with The Roald Dahl Story Company along with a video announcement on YouTube, which listed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and The Twits as just a few of the many Roald Dahl stories that will be adapted on the streaming platform.
"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,” Dahl's widow Felicity 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."
"Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” said VP of Kids & Family Content at Netflix, Melissa Cobb. "We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values."
The first big screen adaptation of a Roald Dahl story came in the form of the 1965 film 36 Hours, based on Dahl's short story Beware of the Dog. Since then, other Dahl stories were adapted, including two adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, and Tim Burton's 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp, while a third adaptation is reportedly in the works from Paddington 2 director Paul King.
Other notable remakes of Dahl stories include Danny Devito's Matilda in 1996, Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion animation adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox and Steven Spielberg's 2016 reimaging of The BFG. An adaptation from Warner Bros. of Dahl's The Witches, previously adapted by Nicolas Roeg in 1990, is also in the works from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis.