One of the biggest streaming platforms, Netflix, announced the acquirement of the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) on September 22, 2021. The deal is said to be Netflix’s largest acquisition to date.
Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) is a global entertainment company that manages the rights to Roald Dahl’s characters and stories for usage in publishing, television, film, theatre, merchandise, and other areas. Both the companies collaborated in 2018 to create a lineup of animated TV series based on 16 Roald Dahl books.
Under the prior agreement, Oscar winner Taika Waititi and Zootropolis screenwriter Phil Johnston are developing a series based on the realm of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and an adaptation of Matilda the Musical. This enabled Netflix to work towards creating a distinct universe-spanning across animation and live-action films and television, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products, and more.
Netflix’s main aim is to present the classic and popular stories in new formats, while preserving the unique and universal themes, and “sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix”.
Roald Dahl is the author of the classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. His works have been translated into 63 languages and have sold over 300 million copies globally.
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