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Taika Waititi to direct Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Oscar-winning director will develop animated series based on Roald Dahl book

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Academy Award winner Taika Waititi and Netflix are partnering to produce two original animated shows. Waititi won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2020 for WWII satire. He will write, produce and direct the shows based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Roald Dahl Story Company sells 1 book every 2.5 seconds. Undoubtedly, Willy Wonka is a well-renowned fictional icon. Absolutely everyone has read or seen Charlie & the Chocolate Factory once in their life. Consequently, Netflix has decided to cash out on all that Willy Wonka craze. They will be adapting the storyline to an entirely new outlook of the chocolate universe.

Taika Waititi won Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

The first animated show will be based on the characters from the book. It will most probably be a retelling of the storyline we have all come to love. However, fans are looking forward to that sprinkle of humor and creativity Waititi brings with him. The director of Roald Dahl Company said it best himself:

There is something undeniably Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor and we cannot think of anyone more perfectly suited to leading the creative charge on these first of their kind, feature quality Netflix shows.

The Oompa Loompas

Admittedly, the funkiness of Willy Wonka would be incomplete without the Oompa Loompas lurking behind. Therefore, Netflix thought it would be better to give fans the complete package. Taika Waititi will be directing a separate animated show based on the Oompa Loompas. For context, Oompa Loompas were the small humans who worked at the Wonka factory. They are originally from Oompaland where they were preyed upon. Willy Wonka struck a deal to pay them with cocoa beans in return for their service. They can be seen singing and working in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Oompa Loompas in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Netflix may also make shows on other books such as Matilda, the BFG, etc. Netflix has said:

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.

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