“Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi is set to write, direct and executive produce two animated series based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for Netflix.
The first series from the Oscar winner will center around the characters in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The second, titled “Oompa-Loompas,” will focus on the characters of the same name who work in the chocolate factory, Netflix announced in a news release Thursday.
Dahl’s book was first adapted for the screen in 1971, with Gene Wilder starring as chocolate factory owner, Willy Wonka. Director Tim Burton remade the movie in 2005 with Johnny Depp in the lead role.
Netflix said that it plans to “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.”
Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment director of Roald Dahl Story Company, quoted Wonka when expressing his enthusiasm for Waititi’s upcoming project.
“In the words of Willy Wonka himself – we are ‘Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!’ with Taika’s appointment on this project,” Simeloff said in a statement.
Netflix’s Vice President of Original Animation Melissa Cobb also expressed excitement over the filmmaker’s partnership with the streaming service.
“I grew up reading Dahl stories and lived large parts of my young life in those magical worlds, so finding just the right creative partner to bring Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Oompa-Loompas to life in animation was a daunting task … until Taika walked into the room,” Cobb said in a statement. “Then it was really obvious. If Dahl had created a character of a filmmaker to adapt his work, I’m pretty sure he would have created Taika.”
Waititi is also set to direct Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is expected to be released in November 2021.