Roald Dahl Rights Bought By Netflix

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Roald Dahl’s entire catalog has been acquired by Netflix. Dahl is one of the most beloved authors of children’s stories. Some of his most popular works are “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

The Next Iteration Of Roald Dahl’s Stories

On Wednesday, the streaming giant from the U.S. announced that Roald Dahl Story Company has been bought out by them. The company is the one in charge of managing the usage rights of stories and characters of Roald Dahl, the novelist from Britain. There were no statements regarding the financial terms involved.

Netflix made the announcement via a tweet. The tweet read that Netflix and RDSC are going to work together to show a few of the most beloved stories in the world to future and current fans while imagining them in a fresh and creative way. The tweet also featured a ticket made of gold being revealed from inside an unwrapped chocolate bar. The picture refers to the story “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

The acquisition of Roald Dahl’s catalog comes 3 years after a deal was signed by Netflix. The deal gave Netflix the rights to produce a series of animated productions which would be based on Dahl’s works, including “The BFG” and “Matilda”.

Several Roald Dahl works already have multiple movie adaptations. Perhaps the most notable of them is the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. It was then remade featuring Johnny Depp more recently, which roared to success in the box office, grossing about $475Mn.

Netflix had already started working on 2 series based on “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. They said that the projects inspired them to think more ambitiously. This led them to potentially think about creating a unique live-action universe spread across multiple platforms, all giving life to Roald Dahl’s works.