Streaming giant Netflix has bought the Roald Dahl Story Company – a deal which includes the author’s entire back catalogue that will bring films, shows and potentially games to the broadcaster.
The company will now control the rights to the author’s entire literary works, and is eyeing the creation of a “unique universe” that involves “immersive experiences”, “games” and “consumer products” – as well as films and TV shows.
Netflix already had an agreement in place from 2018 to create a number of television shows (such as another Charlie And The Chocolate Factory reboot with Taika Waititi) and produce the film version of Tim Minchin’s Matilda The Musical. with the company.
It comes days after the government said it would force British broadcasters to produce British-made shows, and while Netflix is based in California, the streamer makes much of its content in the UK – such as Sex Education, The Crown and The Haunting Of Bly Manor.
In a blog post, the head of the Roald Dahl Story Company and the author’s grandson Luke Kelly, alongside Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, said: “As we bring these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we’re committed to maintaining their unique spirit and their universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also
sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix.
“We want to say a huge thank you to all the people who have contributed to this great story so far. Looking ahead, we’re excited to continue the close working relationships established by RDSC with existing rights holders, publishing, theatre and entertainment partners, and many others to protect and grow the great legacy of these beloved stories.
“Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company share a deep love of storytelling and a growing, global fan base.
“Together, we have an extraordinary opportunity to write multiple new chapters of these beloved stories, delighting children and adults around the world for generations to come.”