If you’ve grown up any time after 1961 then you’ve most likely read the stories of Roald Dahl. Dahl is probably most famously remembered for his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) which was wonderfully adapted in 1971 as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and less wonderfully again in 2005 as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It was announced by Netflix today that they have secured the rights to most of Roald Dahl’s superlative creations. While Netflix intends to adapt these stories, they have also said they are planning to create a ‘story universe’ that will extend and add to the stories penned by Dahl.
The most exciting news, for me, is that they intend to adapt Dahl’s own autobiographical books Boy and Going Solo. As fantastic as Dahl’s creations are, Dahl’s own life experiences are extraordinary as well. In many cases as fantastical as the stories he wrote.
I have been toying with the idea of cancelling the Netflix service for some time now as their own productions haven’t been very compelling for me and the selection of films and shows have become somewhat less interesting to me. This announcement, however, has secured my subscription until I have seen what they can do with Dahl’s words. I’m hopeful that they can manage to produce something worthy of what Dahl gave us.