‘Matilda’, ‘BFG’, and Other Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to Netflix
Roald Dahl’s stories continue to be part of children’s libraries decades after they were first published. Now, in the age of binge-worthy television, some of his stories are being put on the small screen. And, not surprisingly, streaming giant Netflix is at the helm of this movement. Here’s a look at what Roald Dahl stories are getting the Netflix treatment.
Which books is Netflix adapting?
Quite a few books, actually. The Verge tells us:
The full list of Dahl titles included in the Netflix deal are: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy: Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.
Holy cow, is that all of his books?
Not quite. There’s actually a couple very well-known titles missing from that list. As Variety points out, James and the Giant Peach and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have not been included. The Witches is also not included in the mix.
There’s speculation that since all three of those books have made into movies not that long ago that there may be some contractual issues that keep Netflix from adapting them, The Verge says. Although the real reason isn’t entirely clear.
When is production going to start?
According to The Verge, production is expected to start sometime in 2019. All the adaptations are also expected to be movies or special series events instead of running TV shows. (Which, as The Verge points out, makes much more sense for the books comprising of short stories.) It has also been reported some of the stories will overlap.
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