It’s been nearly three years since Netflix announced for the first time the adaptation of some classic stories of Roald Dahl and, today, it seems that the thing will get bigger, because the streaming giant announced a few minutes ago that it had acquired the rights to all the works of the writer.
Bloomberg had revealed the news of this important acquisition only a few hours ago, explaining that the deal could be officially announced within a few days. Now the games appear to be over and the announcement could be the biggest acquisition in the company’s history.
Netflix has acquired the rights to all of Roald Dahl’s short stories
Unlike The Walt Disney Company, Netflix has only rarely completed acquisitions of this type (Mark Millar’s entire Millarworld editorial line is probably among the most important and best known) but the acquisition of Dahl’s books will certainly give rise to new film and television adaptations based on stories loved by fans (just think that the British writer has sold more than 300 million books in the world, translated into 63 languages).
It’s unclear what’s going on behind the scenes of the acquisition, with Taika Waititi expected to be busy now on some animated shows based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and on Oompa Loompa; as well as remember that Warner Bros. is developing a Willy Wonka film coming in 2023 starring Timothée Chalamet (Dunes).
What we do know is that the acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), run by the author’s nephew, Luke Kelly, will go beyond just movies and TV series, “With publishing, games, theater and derivative product projects” which are already in Netflix’s intentions.
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