Fresh from an Oscar win for Jojo Rabbit, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has been tapped to remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Netflix. The streaming company is reportedly closing a deal that will see Waititi write, direct, and executive produce two original animated series based on the works of Roald Dahl.
Waititi's first Netflix series will be based on the characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the second hones in on the Oompa-Loompas who worked in Willy Wonka's beloved factory. Netflix says the shows will build out the world and characters of Dahl's work for the first time.
"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. Then it was really obvious," said Netflix vp original animation, Melissa Cobb. "If Dahl had created a character of a filmmaker to adapt his work, I'm pretty sure he would have created Taika."
"In the words of Willy Wonka himself: We are 'Delighted! Charmed! Overjoyed!' with Taika's appointment on this project," Gideon Simeloff, commercial and entertainment director for The Roald Dahl Story Company, added. "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 be leading the creative charge on these first-of-their-kind, feature-quality Netflix shows."
Waititi is known for blending genres with his quirky humor and overall cinematic style. In addition to working with Netflix on these new animated series, he is reportedly in talks to develop a new Star Wars movie.