Netflix has purchased the rights to the catalog from legendary author Roald Dahl, including classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.
Clearly now in possession of the most golden of all tickets, it was announced today that the streaming giant has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the rights to the author’s characters and stories, meaning it will now control what it does. these tales happen in publishing as well as on television and in the movies – and will receive the royalties for every effort.
Arguably, we’re about to see a whole bunch of Dahl classics on Netflix in the near future.
According to reports, the new deal negotiated between Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company – which, Sky News grossed $ 500 million – will create various “spinoff games, stage shows and other live experiences”.
It also means that the business that was previously owned by the family is now a division of Netflix.
This is the streaming company’s biggest content deal to date, with over 300 million Dahl books sold over the years and translated into 63 languages.
Netflix celebrated the announcement by revealing his name on a Golden Ticket hidden in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar wrapper; the back of the ticket had a line from James and the giant peach: “There’s no knowing what we’re going to see.”
In a joint statement from Dahl’s grandson Luke Kelly and Netflix boss Ted Sarandos they said they were “joining forces to bring some of the world’s most beloved stories to current and future fans in creative ways. and innovative “.
One statement read: “These projects opened our eyes to a much more ambitious endeavor – the creation of a unique universe through animated and live action films and television, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theater, consumer products and more. “
Kelly and Sarandos added, “As we present these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we are committed to maintaining their unique spirit and universal themes of surprise and cuteness, while sprinkling new magic on them. into the mix, “adding” the messages about the power and possibilities of young people “have” never been so relevant “.
It has been reported that a “significant portion” of the proceeds from the sale of the business will go towards establishing a trust involved in children’s health, anti-hate and anti-racism (which follows the apology family last year for the historic anti-Semitic comments of Dahl, who died aged 74 in 1990).
According to reports via the BBC, The Roald Dahl Story Company generated an income of £ 26million from the author’s work in 2019, which features classic stories including Fantastic Mr Fox, The Witches and The Twits.
A previous deal between the two media companies saw him draw up plans in 2018 to license 16 titles with Taika Waititi working on a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series.
A live-action film adaptation of the Matilda show, directed by Matthew Warchus – and starring Emma Thompson and Lashana Lynch – will also be released in 2022.
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