Netflix is remaking loads of classic Roald Dahl stories into films and series

Plans for the Matilda adaption have been announced today

Today, Netflix announced plans to create a new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Matilda. This is all part of huge plans to adapt a number of Roald Dahl novels in animated films and series’.

Matilda is being turned into a movie based on the musical adaption, according to Hollywood Reporter. Sony Pictures and Netflix are partnering on a film adaptation that will be shown exclusively in cinemas across the U.K. and then available to stream on Netflix worldwide shortly after.

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But that’s not all, Netflix has previously announced that it is planning to adapt a whole catalogue of Dahl’s children’s stories into animated films and series.

The list includes most of the favourites. The agreement says Netflix plans to recreate: 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.

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Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, said: “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. 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.”

Roald Dahl died in November 1990, aged 74. His first children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 and the last book he published before he died was Esio Trot. In the year following his death, two further completed works were published posthumously, these were The Minpins and The Vicar of Nibbleswicke.

Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family content at Netflix, said in a statement at the time of the deal: “Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honour 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.

“We have great creative ambition to re-imagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

No further details of which adaptations will be released when have been announced. Watch this space!

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