Taika Waititi is teaming up with Netflix on a pair of animated series – one based on the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and another based on the characters from Oompa-Loompa.

Waititi, who won an Oscar for the adapted screenplay of “Jojo Rabbit,” will write, direct and executive produce both projects. Both “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” films were based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel about young Charlie Bucket’s adventures in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

The Oompa-Loompas are small humans who were preyed upon by Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work in his factory. They are paid in cocoa beans and are also mischievous, loving pranks and singing songs.

“The shows will retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time,” Netflix said.

The streaming giant also revealed that Waititi’s signing on to these two series marks the start of an “extensive partnership” between Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company, which will reimagine many of Dahl’s stories, including “Matilda”, “The BFG”, “The Twits”, and others.

“Finding 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,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President from the original Netflix animation. “Then it was really obvious. If Dahl had created a filmmaker character to adapt his work, I’m pretty sure he would have created Taika.

Gideon Simeloff, Business and Entertainment Director for the Roald Dahl Story Company, said: “In the words of Willy Wonka himself, we are ‘thrilled!’ Charm! Overjoyed!’ with the appointment of Taika on this project. There’s undeniably something Wonka-esque about Taika’s creative flair and inimitable sense of humor and we can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited to lead the creative charge of these first quality Netflix shows.

Netflix said it aims to expand its titles into the family-friendly animated feature space, including Sergio Pablos’ Oscar-nominated ‘Klaus’, Kris Pearn’s ‘The Willoughbys’ and ‘Over The Moon’. by Glen Keane in 2020.

Waititi’s directing credits include ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’, ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ and the Oscar-nominated short, ‘Two Cars, One Night’. He is currently in post-production on the feature film “Next Goal Wins” and will next write and direct “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Waititi directed the Season 1 finale of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, and he served as executive producer, co-writer and director of the TV adaptation of “What We Do In The Shadows” on FX, which now enters in its second season.


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