As pretty much any childhood bookworm will tell you, Roald Dahl’s books are some of the most magical ever. From the brilliant Matilda, to Charlie’s fantastical adventures with Willy Wonka, to James and that giant peach, the stories Dahl wrote are unforgettable—even for adults. And now, thanks to the wizards at Netflix, Dahl’s literary world is coming to the small screen.
In a November 27th press release, Netflix announced that it has partnered with the Roald Dahl Story Company to create several original animated series based on Dahl’s books, including The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Twits. The streaming service stated that it wants to “remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl” while expanding the stories into their own universe. In other words, the various series Netflix will create won’t be direct adaptations of Dahl’s work.
Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix, told Variety that some of the shows might even overlap. “There will be threads that connect all of them,” she said. “We want to do the animation in the style of Dahl.”
Netflix is set to begin production on the Dahl series in 2019. We’re just excited to see some of our childhood favorites come to life.