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]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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