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Nineties kids, several incredible Roald Dahl remakes are coming to Netflix

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It’s official: a Roald Dahl “story universe” is coming to Netflix. 

From attempting to make objects fly around a room with just the flick of our finger to day dreaming of a drinking from a flowing river of chocolate and befriending an Oompa Loompa or two, many of the well-known stories created by Roald Dahl will forever be imprinted in our imaginations.

Which is why the news of Netflix reimagining the beloved tales for the small screen has got us more than a little excited.

Enter: a Roald Dahl “story universe” in 2019. 

Netflix and the author’s estate have embarked on a partnership, with production set to begin in 2019 – but no schedule has been announced.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl. “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

Not included are novels such as James and the Giant Peach; Danny the Champion of the World; or Fantastic Mr Fox, which was most recently adapted in an animated film by Wes Anderson in 2009.

Will The Witches be included? 

Thankfully, Netflix said it intends to be faithful to “the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl”, but also announced that it would be “building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves”.

The list in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company is said to include:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  2. Matilda
  3. The BFG
  4. The Twits
  5. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  6. George’s Marvellous Medicine
  7. Boy – Tales of Childhood
  8. Going Solo
  9. The Enormous Crocodile
  10. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  11. Henry Sugar
  12. Billy and the Minpins
  13. The Magic Finger
  14. Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts
  15. Rhyme Stew

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honour and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” said Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s vice president of kids and family content. 

“We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

Mark your calendars. 2019 is already looking up.

Images: Rex Features  

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