Netflix to Adapt Various Dahl Classics

By November 29, 2018 Adaptations, News

We’ve seen many of Roald Dahl’s books come to the big screen, but he also has a huge collection of works that has never been adapted, and now Netflix has announced plans to adapt several of Dahl’s classics and have plans for a ‘story universe’ that goes beyond the author’s written work.

Classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Esio Trot, The Twits and The BFG are to get the Netflix treatment with the author’s estate announcing that there is to be a selection of animated adaptations created by the streaming giants.

It was Tuesday of this week when Netflix confirmed they had secured the rights to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the BFG, The Twits, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy: Tales of Childhood; Going Solo; The Enormous Crocodile; The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me; Henry Sugar; Billy and the Minpins; The Magic Finger; Esio Trot; Dirty Beasts; and Rhyme Stew. They also noted that James and the Giant Peach, Danny Champion of the World and the Fantastic Mr Fox were not included in the deal.

Production will begin on the adaptations in 2019 but no schedule has yet been announced, but Netflix has launched a Dahl teaser, which you can see below.

BBC To Adapt Fantasy Series Runestaff

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The BBC has announced this week that it has purchased the rights to Michael Moorcock’s Runestaff series for a television adaptation.

The fantastic book series will be adapted by screenwriter Steve Thompson, known for Sherlock and Doctor Who, producer John Yorke, of Life on Mars fame and executive producer Richard Stokes who has worked on Broadchurch, and Torchwood, to develop the adaptation.

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Paddington TV Series in Production

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Paddington is one of those bears who has stood the test of time, and has even outlived his creator Michael Bond who sadly passed away in 2019. Today we hear the news that StudioCanal will be working with Nickelodeon and award winning producer David Heyman in a global deal for a brand new Paddington Bear inspired television series for pre-schoolers.

Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.

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Jason Momoa Cast in Upcoming ‘Dune’ Film

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It was recently announced that director Denis Villeneuve is helming a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune. Over the past few months, several great actors including Timothee Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and Oscar Issac, and Javier Bardam, and Josh Brolin. As if that line-up wasn’t star studded enough, Jason Momoa has now been cast.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Will Play Satan in Good Omens, Plus a Trailer and Release Date!

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With teasers and gossip and anticipation abound, we’re all waiting not too patiently for the Good Omens adaptation to start on Amazon, and now Neil Gaiman has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the adaptation.

Gaiman says that Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be a giant animated Satan who appears 400 feet high. The star, known for Sherlock and other things, will appear on episode six of the series and we now also have a release date of 31st May too!

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Amazon’s Dark Tower Adaptation Goes into Production Soon

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The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower was not well received by fans, but we have heard that Amazon Studios are working on a series adaptation and were hoping it might offer a better adaptation of the books.

The show is being developed by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Akiva Goldsman (Titans, Star Trek: Discovery) and Stephen King himself and it looks as though shooting will start in mid-April!
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Dracula Adaptation by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat Coming Soon!

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Dracula is back!

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are best known for their work on the BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock respectively. After Moffat’s departure from the Doctor Who team, and Benedict Cumberbatch busily working with the Marvel universe, the two writers have had some time to work on new material.

They’ve chosen to dig up the old story of Dracula by Bram Stoker, and bring it to life in the form of a mini series with the help from the BBC and Netflix.

Set in Victorian Britain, this version will star Claes Bang (The Affair) as the undead hero Dracula: “the vampire who made evil sexy”, alongside Dolly Wells (Doll and Em), John Heffernan (The Crown), and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal).

It will hit our screens this year, on the BBC in the UK and on Netflix internationally.

Keep an eye out for the trailer once filming commences!

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