Netflix Secures $500M Acquisition for Roald Dahl’s Content

Netflix has been working swiftly to obtain some of the best content for their popular streaming platform this past year. As their largest acquisition, they have gained Roald Dahl’s works such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Matilda. The announcement was made Wednesday, September 23rd shortly after the entire literary estate was sold.

(Image via Judy Newman at Scholastic)

Now that Netflix has creative freedom with Dahl’s work, new adaptions such as Matilda the Musical and shorter series versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are already in the works. New energy and life are being put into Dahl’s writing with possibilities of an entire universe of games, consumer products, and live-action production.

Dahl has, however, had a history of anti-Semitic remarks. Roald Dahl Story Co. released a public statement about a year ago addressing the issue.

Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations.

Despite urges from viewers including the Jewish community, Netflix is yet to comment on the controversy. Will this be seen as condemning anti-semitism?

Regardless, Netflix is focused and striving to keep up with its competitors. Disney is pulling ahead of the streaming service race with more than 116 million subscribers. However, this deal filled with classic delight suited for children and adults will surely keep Netflix on the forefront.


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