Almost three years after Netflix signed a contract with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create a universe of animated features based on the author’s books, Bloomberg reports that the streamer is in talks to buy the works outright.
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There’s no word on exactly how much it costs to own Willy Wonka, the BFG, Matilda, and everyone else, but in 2018 The Hollywood Reporter cited sources claiming that the mere licensing of 16 titles from the Netflix catalog would add more than $ 100 million. A deal for this catalog would likely be considered Netflix’s biggest, and if it’s close enough that an announcement is possible within “days”, as the report suggests, we could do more this weekend during the Tudum Fan- Listen to events from Netflix.
Under the current contract, Taika Waititi is working on Roald Dahl animated series projects for Netflix that cover Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. That’s in addition to two different versions of Matilda, including a film version of Matilda the Musical and an animated series, as well as plans to do a The BFG cartoon.
Given these costs, it’s clear why Netflix might be willing to pay whatever it takes to secure long-term rights to these properties. If the deal is closed, Bloomberg notes that it will happen despite the shadow that Dahl’s story of anti-Semitic remarks and sometimes misogynistic stories cast. The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company apologized for the comments made in 2020, saying, “We hope that Roald Dahl, as he has done in his best and worst, can help us make lasting impact to remember words. “