Practically three years after Netflix signed a deal with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create a universe of animated options based mostly on the writer’s books, the corporate has acquired the works outright. Netflix made the deal official on Wednesday after information of the approaching acquisition was first reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday.
There’s no phrase on precisely how a lot it prices to personal Willy Wonka, the BFG, Matilda, and all the remaining, however in 2018, The Hollywood Reporter cited sources claiming that merely licensing 16 titles from the catalog value Netflix greater than $100 million. A deal for this catalog would possible rank as Netflix’s largest.
Below the earlier deal, Taika Waititi is working on Roald Dahl animated series projects for Netflix, overlaying Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility and its sequel, Charlie and the Nice Glass Elevator. That’s along with two completely different variations of Matilda, together with a movie model of Matilda the Musical and an animated collection, plus plans to make a The BFG cartoon.
Netflix now plans to convey the gathering to extra audiences in new codecs. “These tasks opened our eyes to a way more bold enterprise,” stated the streaming firm in a press launch. “The creation of a novel universe throughout animated and reside motion movies and TV, publishing, video games, immersive experiences, reside theatre, client merchandise and extra.”
Previous to the deal’s announcement, Bloomberg famous that it could occur regardless of the shadow solid by Dahl’s historical past of antisemitic statements and typically misogynistic storytelling. The Dahl Household and the Roald Dahl Story Firm released an apology for the remarks in 2020, saying, “We hope that, simply as he did at his finest, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl may also help remind us of the lasting influence of phrases.”
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Replace September twenty second, 3:40AM ET: Story up to date with affirmation of the acquisition and related quotes from press launch.