Taika Waititi To Make Two ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’ Series For Netflix

The Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi has signed a deal with Netflix to write, direct and produce two animated series based on the works of the children’s author, Roald Dahl.

Netflix said the animation series of the author’s works would “retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time”.

Taika Waititi won an Academy Award in February for his adapted screenplay, Jojo Rabbit, which he directed, wrote, produced, and starred in. The first series will be based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the second is described as a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, Wonka’s labor force of small men.

A Netflix statement said the collaboration would mark the beginning of an “extensive partnership” with the Roald Dahl Story Company, which will reimagine many of the beloved stories of Roald Dahl, including Matilda, The BFG, and The Twits. “There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humour and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first of their kind, feature quality Netflix shows,” said Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment Director, Roald Dahl Story Company.

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