10.10.2021 | Netflix is planning to acquire Roald Dahl’s stories alongside the rights
Netflix announced the acquiring of Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and rights to the author’s entire catalog, including classics like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Maltilda and James and the Giant Peach.
Currently, the terms of this deal weren’t disclosed (and are subject to regulatory approval), but three years ago Netflix paid "nine figures" for the rights to 16 of Dahl's works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In any event, it likely represents one of Netflix's largest acquisitions to date.
Netflix has big plans for Dahl's works, including "the creation of a unique universe across animated and live actions films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theater, consumer products and more," wrote Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos and RDSC managing director (and Dahl's grandson) Luke Kelly.