Netflix turns nostalgic as it announces Roald Dahl's popular stories

Roald Dahl was one of the world’s most successful and loved authors. Since his death, his work has not only endured but is still increasing in popularity. The author remains incredibly popular with children - it's estimated he has sold more than 200 million books worldwide, with his stories available in 58 languages.

Dahl’s popular children’s books are about to get a new life on Netflix, based on the author’s iconic popular novels, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. Netflix has acquired 16 of the author's titles, which also includes Matilda, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew.

The news was announced with a short video on Netflix's social media account, "Netflix will adapt the Roald Dahl universe of stories as a new slate of animated event series. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG are just a few of the titles from the author's beloved and award-winning library that will be reimagined for a new generation"

Many of Dahl’s books have been already adapted to live-action before, from the iconic WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, MATILDA and Disney’s recent FILM THE BFG. And now for the first time Netflix will create animated versions of these stories.

Netflix’s move into animation after the news came about Disney, which has planned to launch its own streaming service titled Disney Plus. The move will see Disney taking over all their content from other services and put them on their own streaming service.

Netflix has revealed several films and series, including a stop-motion adaptation of PINOCCHIO directed by the Guillermo del Toro, an original animated series by the Book of Life director Jorge Gutiérrezs' Maya and the Three and adaptation of the Lois Lowry children’s book The Willoughbys.

Production is set to commence on the first Netflix Roald Dahl animated series from 2019.

(Inputs from - Guardian and Irish Times)