Academy Award winning director Taika Waititi is taking on the beloved characters created by the mind of Roald Dahl.

According to Deadline and others, Taika Waititi is attached to write, direct and executive produce two new original animated series based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for streaming service Netflix.


According to the Deadline story, one series will focus on the characters of the original book. The second series will expand on the world of the books by creating an original story for the Oompa Loompas. Netflix Vice President of Original Animation Melissa Cobb weighed in on the news stating; “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.”


The Roald Dahl Story Company is in the process of reimagining many of his stories like Matilda, The BFG and The Twits. The Thor: Ragnarok director won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for last year’s Jojo Rabbit. His next film will be the soccer comedy Next Goal Wins.

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