Netflix acquires rights to Roald Dahl books

Netflix acquires the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and the rights to the entire author’s catalog, including classics like Charlie and the chocolate factory, Mathilde and James and the giant peach, the company announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (and are subject to regulatory approval), but three years ago Netflix paid “nine figures” for the rights to 16 of Dahl’s works, according to Hollywood journalist. In any case, this is probably one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions to date.

News of the acquisition started to bubble yesterday following a Bloomberg report. Netflix has big plans for Dahl’s works, including “creating a unique universe through animated and live action films and TV shows, publishing, games, experiences. immersives, live theater, consumer products and more, ”wrote Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos and RDSC general manager (and Dahl’s grandson) Luke Kelly.

The companies have revealed that director Taika Waititi and screenwriter Phil Johnston are working on a series based on the Charlie and the chocolate factory world. Netflix is ​​also working with Sony and Working Title on an adaptation of Mathilde the musical.

The acquisition appears to go way beyond Netflix’s past content deals, in which it simply licensed content to others. He did it with Marvel, then ended up canceling daredevil and other Marvel shows when he couldn’t reconcile with Disney, which at the time was planning to launch rival service Disney +.

With Roald Dahl’s catalog, he promises to “bring these timeless tales to a greater number of audiences in new formats … [while] retaining their unique spirit and universal themes of surprise and cuteness, ”wrote Sarandos and Dahl. “These stories and their messages about the power and possibilities of young people have never been more relevant. website for Dahl’s history of anti-Semitic statements, such as Bloomberg Noted.

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