NETFLIX BUYS RIGHTS TO ROALD DAHL STORY COMPANY – ‘Matilda’, ‘The witches‘, ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and company have a guaranteed future of adaptations in the streaming giant. Roald Dahl was a wonderful novelist, and luckily for everyone, the film industry soon caught on. Most of his texts have been brought to the big screen and now, thanks to a supposedly expensive outlay from Netflix, his stories will continue to surprise us via streaming.
The brand has bought The Roald Dahl Story Company, gaining direct access to the catalog of the writer’s creations that include titles such as’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘,’ James and the Giant Peach ‘,’ The Super Fox ‘,’ Matilda ‘,’ The witches ‘, ‘ The cretins ‘,’ The great good-natured giant ‘and’ The gremlins ‘ among others.
” We plan to create a unique universe that encompasses animated and live-action films and television, publications, games, immersive experiences, theater, consumer products and much more, ” announce in their statement Ted Sarandos , co- CEO of Netflix, and Luke Kelly , CEO of The Roald Dahl Story Company. “We share a deep love for storytelling and a growing global fan base. Together, we have the extraordinary opportunity to write multiple new chapters of these beloved stories, delighting children and adults around the world for generations . “
The cinema has already given us jewels such as’ A fantasy world ‘(Mel Stuart, 1971),’ The curse of the witches ‘ (Nicolas Roeg, 1990), ‘ James and the giant peach ‘ (Henry Selick, 1996), ‘ Matilda ‘(Danny DeVito, 1996),’ Fantastic Mr. Fox ‘(Wes Anderson, 2009) and’ My Giant Friend ‘(Steven Spielberg, 2016), will Netflix be up to the task? His books have been translated into 63 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.
“These stories and their messages of the power and possibility of young people have never felt more pertinent,” the statement said.
“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.”
No financial details of the deal were given.
The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 quoted sources as saying the licensing deal covering just 16 Dahl books cost Netflix more than $100 million.
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