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Netflix Confirms Originals For Over A Dozen Roald Dahl Favorites After $1B Deal
By Alexa Heah, 23 Sep 2021
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In 2018, Netflix revealed it was partnering with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create original animated series based on the famed author’s books.
Now, after a three year wait, the golden ticket’s finally here—for a hefty sum of US$1 billion.
The streaming giant finally announced the long-awaited deal, which could be one of the largest-ever investments in children’s programming, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
Previously, Netflix had hinted that upcoming titles could include adaptations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Enormous Crocodile, and The BFG, to name a few.
Just how much the brand has spent on securing the rights to Dahl’s worked as not gone unnoticed, especially with a nine-figure price tag. It’s believed that Netflix has acquired 16 of the author’s works in total, and will make “premium animated event series and specials” based on those stories.
The Hollywood Reporter speculated that while no plans have been revealed just yet, the production budget for such a high-profile series is likely to be above US$500 million.
“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling. There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale,” said Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Co.
[via The Hollywood Reporter, cover image via Netflix]
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