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Netflix reportedly set to acquire Roald Dahl catalog


Almost three years after Netflix signed a deal with The Roald Dahl Story Company to create a universe of animated feature films based on the author’s books, Bloomberg reports that the streamer is in talks to purchase the works.

It’s not clear exactly how much it costs to own Willy Wonka, the BFG, Matilda and everything in between, but in 2018, Hollywood journalist sources quoted claiming that the mere license of 16 titles in the catalog cost Netflix more than 100 million dollars. A deal for this catalog would probably be Netflix’s most important, and if it’s close enough that an announcement is possible within “days,” as the report suggests, we could hear more of it at the event. Netflix’s Tudum fans this weekend.

Under the current deal, Taika Waititi is working on Roald Dahl animated series projects for Netflix, covering Charlie and the chocolate factory and its sequel, Charlie and the big glass elevator. This is in addition to two different versions of Mathilde, including a film version of Mathilde the musical and an animated series, as well as plans to make a The BFG cartoon.

At these costs, it’s clear why Netflix might be willing to pay whatever it costs to secure the rights to these properties for the long term. If the deal is done, Bloomberg notes that this will happen despite the shadow cast by Dahl’s story of anti-Semitic statements and sometimes misogynistic narrative. The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company issued an apology for the remarks in 2020, saying, “We hope that just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help us out. recall the lasting impact of words. “


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