Netflix has bought the rights to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books from the author’s family corporation The Roald Dahl Story Company.

Since the copyright is now owned by Netflix, the lead streamer owns creations like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and BFG. In 2018, Netflix had signed a deal with the company to create animated series based on 16 Dahl books.

“This acquisition builds on the partnership we started three years ago to create a slate of animated TV series,” Netflix co-chief executive Ted Sarandos and Luke Kelly, managing director of the RDSC and Dahl’s grandson, said in a joint statement. They said they were “joining forces to bring some of the world’s most loved stories to current and future fans in creative new ways.”

Under the agreement, Oscar winner Taika Waititi and Zootropolis screenwriter Phil Johnston are developing a series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a Matilda Musical adaptation.

“These projects opened our eyes to a much more ambitious venture – the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more,” Mr Kelly and Mr Sarandos said.

Dahl’s books have been translated into 63 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. The author is a longtime Hollywood favorite as more than 10 film adaptations of his works have graced the silver screen.

From : pk.mashable.com

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