Wes Anderson, the director of Roald Dahl’s story Fantastic Mr. Fox, is set to make another Dahl adaptation. This production is said to be backed by Netflix, which recently purchased the rights to Dahl’s full catalog.
According to Daily Mail, Anderson is set to direct a movie based on the short story The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. It was first published in 1977 and is about a gambler who practices meditation in order to see through cards. He then opens orphanages with his winnings. It is exciting to say that the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch will play the lead role. Deadline reports that Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kingsley will also appear in the movie. The film also may take the form of an anthology.
Netflix acquired Dahl’s full catalog from the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021 after licensing 16 of Dahl’s best-known titles in 2018. Netflix said at the same time of this agreement alerting how this is a possibility of the “[c]reation of a unique universe across animated and live-action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre consumer products and more.” Already in development are two TV series from Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Oompa-Loompas—and an animated series based on The Twits.
Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox was released in 2009, and still, to this day remains a fan favorite along with Moonrise Kingdom, Isle of Dogs and so many more. Wes Anderson is truly a director who never disappoints.
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