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Netflix bringing Roald Dahl's classics to the small screen

Story by Jack Foley

NETFLIX is bringing the classic tales of Roald Dahl to the small screen.

Under a deal with the late author’s family, the streaming giant will adapt Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG into family oriented animated series.

Described as “animated event series”, the specials will be based on a number of Dahl’s works and will further include The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

As yet, no release dates have been set but the first of the Dahl projects will go into production in 2019.

Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, commented: “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.”

Netflix added that it will “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone” of Dahl’s work while also building an “imaginative story universe” that extends beyond the author’s books.

Melissa Cobb, vp kids and family content at Netflix, continued: “Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honour and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world.

“We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

The Dahl series forms part of a major animation push at Netflix.

The company has previously announced that it is to open its own in-house animation studio and has greenlit a number of new series in recent months.

It has also acquired cult anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and plans to release two films based on the series in 2019.