Two new animated series, based on the Roald Dahl classic “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory”, are in the works courtesy TV and film wunderkind Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”, “Thor Ragnarok”) and Netflix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Jojo Rabbit” helmer will write, direct and executive produce a couple of original offerings based on the literary and movie classic.
The first series will be based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the second is described as a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, the small song-loving humans who worked in Willy Wonka’s infamous factory.
According to Netflix, the shows will retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story “while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time.”
Said Netflix vp original animation Melissa Cobb: “I grew up reading Dahl stories and lived large parts of my young life in those magical worlds, so finding just the right creative partner to bring Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Oompa-Loompas to life in animation was a daunting task … until Taika walked into the room. Then it was really obvious. If Dahl had created a character of a filmmaker to adapt his work, I’m pretty sure he would have created Taika.”
“In the words of Willy Wonka himself: We are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project,” said Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor, and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first-of-their-kind, feature-quality Netflix shows.”
Sounds like it’ll be a treat!