Taika Waititi and The Chocolate Factory

Two years ago, word got out that Netflix had been planning to release adaptations of a few of Roald Dahl’s works. However, up until now, there had been radio silence. There is still a lot that’s unknown, like when the project will start or when the shows and/or movies will be available, but we do know some of the important stuff.

First, we know that everything will start with Oscar-winning director, Taika Waititi. For the few who don’t know, Taika Waititi is the New Zealand mastermind behind JoJo Rabbit and the comedic Thor: Ragnarök. So far, we know that Waititi will be writing, directing, and executive producing two projects based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The first, with the same name as the beloved book, will center around the story’s main characters and locations.

Image via the New York Times

The second project, however, is a true attention grabber. We will finally be getting an explanation for the Oompa Loompas. In a project titled Oompa-Loompa, we get to see Waititi’s take on the little orange people that make the Chocolate Factory what it is. And viewers who worried about the wonder and whimsy of the original tale shouldn’t be scared. Waititi is known for his quirky, hilarious, and surprisingly emotional pieces.

Image via The Guardian

These projects are the first of Netflix’s deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company. In total, there will be 16 stories being used as Netflix’s inspiration. According to Netflix’s Media Center, “The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine,” and many more. These titles will be the inspiration for animated series and one-offs that should delight any Dahl fan.

Feature Image via @Netflix on Twitter.


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