Jojo Rabbit auteur Taika Waitii has been tapped to create two new animated series’ based on the Roald Dahl characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The first will be based a reimagining of the classic story while the second is described as “a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, the small song-loving humans who worked in Willy Wonka’s infamous factory.”
via Hollywood Reporter:
According to Netflix, the shows will 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.”
The book has been adapted into movies, games, musicals — perhaps most famously as the Gene Wilder-starring cult classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up for a translation in 2005 while a recent West End stage production broke sales records.
Netflix made a deal with Dahl’s estate in 2018. The Waititi pact marks the first steps in developing the works, which Netflix is pushing as an “animated event series.” The company is seeking high-profile names to adapt stories such as Matilda, The BFG and The Twits, among others.
Said Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment director for The Roald Dahl Story Company:
“In the words of Willy Wonka himself: We are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project. There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor, and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first-of-their-kind, feature-quality Netflix shows.”
As well as the two Dahl series, Waititi is in postproduction on Searchlight’s soccer comedy Next Goal Wins while also prepping Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, which he’s writing and directing. There is also some Star Wars in his future, as he’s in talks with Lucasfilm to develop a movie and could work more on The Mandalorian.
Reimaginings is right! #JojoRabbit's @TaikaWaititi will write, direct and executive produce not one but two animated event series based on the Roald Dahl classic, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' https://t.co/wmagUupE0d— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2020