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Netflix to roll out animated Roald Dahl adaptations in 2019

Netflix is quite good. We quite like Netflix. We quite like spending the bulk of our evening’s scrolling through thumbnails of films we’re never actually going to watch before eventually settling on falling asleep to an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations again.

But fans of Roald Dahl rejoice – Netflix is adapting a clutch of the author’s classics for the small screen. Anthony – your time may just be up. Arriving in 2019, the animated interpretations of the BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be produced in association with the Roald Dahl Story Company.

US entertainment industry publication Variety states that “the company [Netflix] isn’t just interested in a straight adaptation of his books. It wants to create a “story universe” that will extend beyond the yarns about magical chocolate factories and friendly giants that have already been told.”

While we’re yet to see anything visual yet, beyond a very, very brief mini-teaser-trailer created by London motion studio weareseventeen, a bristle of excitement rolled through certain sections of the It’s Nice That office when the news broke.

Variety reports that the first of the slew of adaptations will go into production early next year.