Netflix Is Adapting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Other Roald Dahl Tales Into an Animated Series

Wee Sen Goh, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0
Wee Sen Goh, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

Not a fan of Johnny Depp's or Gene Wilder’s portrayals of Willy Wonka? You’re in luck: We can expect to see yet another visual adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 kid's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As Deadline reports, Netflix has acquired the rights to retell the classic children’s story—and many other Dahl books—in an animated series.

Netflix certainly has a lot of material to work with, some of which has already appeared in earlier animated and live-action films. In an agreement with the Roald Dahl Story Company, the streaming entertainment company purchased the rights to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, which has never been adapted for film. Other titles in the agreement include Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, 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.

Missing from the list are The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which got their own movies in 1990, 1996, and 2009, respectively. In a statement, Netflix confirmed that the company "intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves."

Felicity Dahl said her late husband, who died in 1990, would have been “thrilled” by the Netflix agreement.

Dahl wasn’t always pleased with past retellings of his stories. He reportedly hated the 1971 Willy Wonka movie, calling it “crummy” and labeling Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the titular character “pretentious” and “bouncy.” Since the author's death, the Roald Dahl Story Company has been tasked with overseeing the legacy of Dahl’s stories in film, television, and theater, and the executors have been especially careful to avoid sequels and spin-offs.

[h/t Deadline]

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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