The fantastic stories of the late Roald Dahl are coming to your home, thanks to streaming “BFG” Netflix. In a press release today, Netflix announced it had partnered with The Roald Dahl Story Company and will start producing an “animated event series” based on many of the award-winning author’s stories.
The slate of stories to be adapted includes many popular tales that have been brought to life in various forms, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG. Not all of Dahl’s stories are included in the deal. Noticeably absent were James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which have also been adapted for the big screen.
No names have yet been attached to the series, which is set to begin production in 2019. Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, had this to say: “Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories. This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
The Roald Dahl Story Company says on its website that “Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and loved storytellers. Since his death, his work has not only endured but is still increasing in popularity. His stories are currently available in 59 languages. UK sales alone are over 50 million books and rising, with global sales estimated to be more than 200 million.”
Are you excited about the potential for more Roald Dahl adaptations? Which story do you most want to see animated? Tell us in the comments.