Netflix to produce series based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Academy award-winner Taika Waititi roped in as director

Entertainment Desk March 06, 2020
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Hold your heart if you're a fan of the Wonka Candy Company for we're getting not one, but two golden tickets soon!

According to Variety, Netflix is producing two animated series based on the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - one based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and another based on the Oompa-Loompa characters who work at Wonka's chocolate factory and are paid in cocoa beans.

The streaming giant has partnered with Academy award-winning writer Taika Waititi to write, direct and executive produce the two series.

“The shows will retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time,” said Netflix, confirming the projects.

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"In the words of Willy Wonka himself – we are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project," said Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment director for the Roald Dahl Story Company.

That's not all though! Netflix also revealed that the series' "mark the start of Netflix's extensive partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company." This means, many of his stories will be re-imagined for streaming audiences, including Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and others.

Taika’s directing credits include Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok, and the Oscar-nominated short film, Two Cars, One Night. He also directed the season one finale of The Mandalorian on Disney+.

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