Last year Netflix announced that they’re developing new animated series adaptations of award-winning author Roald Dahl’s iconic stories and characters.
Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) has officially signed on to direct two new original animated series which will be based on the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of Dahl’s most recognizable works. The first series will center on the book’s famous characters including the eccentric Chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka, while the second one will be a fresh take on the Oompa-Loompas, the small humans from the Loompaland.
“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,” Netflix Vice President of Original Animation, Melissa Cobb said in a statement.
“In the words of Willy Wonka himself – we are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project.” Commercial and Entertainment Director of Roald Dahl Story Company Gideon Simeloff said. “There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first of their kind, feature quality Netflix shows.”