Netflix has announced that it has acquired the entire works of children’s author Roald Dahl, creator of classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. The streamer said bought The Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), the family company which owns the late British author’s copyright.
Netflix aims to bring some of the world’s most loved stories to current and future fans in creative new ways.
This acquisition builds on the partnership the streaming giant started three years ago to create a slate of animated TV series. For example, Academy Award winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and Academy Award nominee Phil Johnston are now hard at work on a series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In addition, we’re working with Sony and Working Title on an adaptation of Matilda The Musical.
These projects prompted the streamer to create a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more. Roald Dahl’s books have been translated into 63 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, with characters like Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Willy Wonka and The Twits delighting generations of children and adults. These stories and their messages of the power and possibility of young people have never felt more pertinent.
The Roald Dahl Story Company protects and grows the cultural value of The Roald Dahl stories with its unique breadth of characters and worlds. With 300 million books sold and 1 new book sold every 2.6 seconds, Roald Dahl stories continue to grow in popularity globally, attracting new audiences with innovative new developments in book, entertainment and beyond. The Roald Dahl Story Company is committed to sharing the positive messages at the heart of all Roald Dahl stories – messages of the strength and possibility of young people and of the power of kindness. A belief in the growing relevance of this message and its positive impact is at the heart of everything RDSC does. Ten percent of the operating profit of The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd goes to charities such as Partners in Health and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity who provide medical support to those who need it most.