Netflix to adapt Roald Dahl classics including 'Matilda' and 'The BFG'


Cue the nostalgia because we can look forward to a whole stack of brand-new content based on the truly delightful works of Roald Dahl.  

Netflix has announced they have struck a deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company to produce an “animated event series” and specials based on some of the late author’s classic works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and George’s Marvellous Medicine.


Netflix said it will “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl” while also building an extended story universe that extends beyond the books.

 “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,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix.

“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.”

Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said the late author would be “thrilled.”

“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.”

Production is set to commence on the first of the animated series in 2019.

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