Netflix said on Tuesday that it has acquired all the works of the famous children’s writer Roald Dahl, the creator of classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. The streaming media giant said it had acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, a family business that owned the copyright to the late British author.
Netflix signed an agreement with the company in 2018 to produce an animated series based on 16 Dahl books.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and RDSC managing director and Dahl’s grandson Luke Kelly said in a joint statement: “This acquisition is based on our three years Based on the partnership that started before, to produce a series of animated TV series.”
I am pleased to announce that Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and Netflix will join forces to bring some of the most popular stories in the world to current and future fans in creative new ways.
“We are now going to visit the most wonderful places and see the most wonderful things.” pic.twitter.com/NIiBeStJm2
— Netflix (@netflix) September 22, 2021
According to the previous agreement, Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and “Zoo City” screenwriter Phil Johnston are producing a series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , And the adaptation of the musical “Matilda” is in progress.
“These projects allow us to see a more ambitious adventure-creating a unique world in the fields of animation and live-action movies and television, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theater, consumer products, etc.,” Netflix said.
Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74. He created several classics, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Fantastic Fox, Matilda, The Twits, The Witches and The BFG.
His books have been translated into 63 languages and more than 300 million copies have been sold worldwide.
The statement said: “These stories and their information about the power and possibilities of young people have never been so relevant.”
“As we bring these eternal stories to more audiences in new forms, we are committed to maintaining their unique spirit and universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also incorporating some fresh magic into them.”
No financial details of the transaction were provided.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted sources in 2018 as saying that the license agreement covering only 16 Dahl books cost Netflix more than 100 million U.S. dollars (about 7.4 billion rupees).
Several of Dahl’s works have been adapted for the big screen, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witch, The Magical Mr. Fox and BFG.