Netflix taps Taika Waititi for two ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ series

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will write, direct, and produce two animated series based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Netflix.

Though both animated series will capture the spirit of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the two stories are set to build a world that exists beyond the story told in that children’s classic.

According to Deadline, the first series will be based on characters and world from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. However, it will not be a straight adaptation. The second animated series has been described as a completely original creation, one which will provide a different take on the Oompa-Loompas, perhaps providing more depth and complexity than either the book or any of the adaptations have given.

The recruitment of Taika Waititi for these two series is the start of the extensive partnership between Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company. The partnership has plans to reimagine some of Roald Dahl’s most popular stories in addition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, such as Matilda, The BFG, and The Twits.

“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,” Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, said in an earlier statement. “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.”

Taika Waititi has been on quite an impressive run lately. After making the fan favorite comedy film What We Do In the Shadows, the director broke into the mainstream in a big way with the commercial and critical hit Thor: Ragnarok. He also recently won best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the film Jojo Rabbit and will return to the MCU fold with the Thor sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder. His upcoming film is Next Goal Wins, which stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss.

No news yet on when the two animated Netflix series will drop.

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