Netflix Acquires Roald Dahl Story Company, Plans Product ‘Universe’

Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), licensing worldwide streaming rights to adapt the acclaimed British author’s children’s books and create a “universe” comprising TV series, consumer products, games and immersive experiences .

Financial details weren’t revealed, but the acquisition comes three years after Netflix struck a deal with the author’s estate to create animated adaptations of a series of novels by the author, which was at the origin Charlie and the chocolate factory, Matilda, The BFG and George’s Wonderful Medicine.

Netflix said this quirky deal with RDSC, which is headed by Dahl’s grandson, Luke Kelly, manages the copyrights and trademarks of iconic children’s titles, “opened our eyes to a company much more ambitious.

This will include “the creation of a unique universe across animated and live-action films and television, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theater, consumer products and more. “, said the SVOD.

Netflix has nearly 20 Roald Dahl shows in the works and is currently working with filmmaker Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston on a series based on the world of Charlie and the chocolate factory, while Sony and Working Title adapt Mathilde the musical.

The streamer added that he was “committed to maintaining [the novels] unique spirit and their universal themes,” adding that he would work with existing rights holders — including publishing, theater and entertainment partners — “to protect and grow the great legacy of these well-known stories. beloved”.

Netflix already offers immersive experiences for some of its shows and earlier this year confirmed plans to expand into IP-based games carried by its service.