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.
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.
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.
Taika Waititi will write, direct, & EP two animated series based on the works of Roald Dahl.
The first is based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The second is a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, that builds out their world pic.twitter.com/TqIzxTlRSf
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 5, 2020