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Taika Waititi To Work on 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' on Netflix

Mere weeks after winning an Oscar for penning Jojo Rabbit, Waititi is jumping into the world of Roald Dahl for Netflix, closing a deal to write, direct and executive produce two original animated series based on the celebrated author's works, the streaming company announced Thursday.

2020-03-05T17:54:00Z

Considering how director and actor, Taika Waititi's run has been in recent times when it comes to his directed and acted films, the man seems to be doing no wrong and is currently all set and rolling for another project that is certainly as interesting as it gets.

Mere weeks after winning an Oscar for penning Jojo Rabbit, Waititi is jumping into the world of Roald Dahl for Netflix, closing a deal to write, direct and executive produce two original animated series based on the celebrated author's works, the streaming company announced Thursday.

The first series will be based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the second is described as a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, the small song-loving humans who worked in Willy Wonka's infamous factory.

According to Netflix, 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."

Netflix made a deal with Dahl's estate in 2018. The Waititi pact marks the first steps in developing the works, which Netflix is pushing as an "animated event series." The company is seeking high-profile names to adapt stories such as Matilda, The BFG and The Twits, among others.

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