Netflix is buying The Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), with plans to create a Roald Dahl universe.

The acquisition builds on the partnership started three years ago to create a slate of animated TV series. Currently, film-makers Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston are working on a series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Sony and Working Title are also working on an adaptation of Matilda The Musical.

Headquartered in the UK, the Roald Dahl Story Company is led by Luke Kelly, Managing Director. The business manages the intellectual property and rights to Roald Dahl’s characters and stories and their use in publishing, TV, film, theatre, merchandising, corporate partnerships, live and themed entertainment.

The grand plan is the creation of a universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre and consumer products. Roald Dahl’s books have been translated into 63 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, with characters like Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Willy Wonka and The Twits.

The RSDC currently has plans in place for 19 TV shows, films, stage shows and live experiences. Working relationships established by RDSC with existing rights holders, publishing, theatre and entertainment partners, and others will continue.

As part of the sale, a new charitable trust will be established which will support children’s health and anti-hate causes.

Jon Creamer

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