Roald Dahl’s Matilda is getting a modern revamp on Netflix

Netflix will be adapting the stage show


Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of Matilda will be coming to the big screen in a new adaptation by Sony Pictures. Following its release to UK cinemas, the new movie will then be screened on Netflix.

The film will be based on Matilda The Musical, with words and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The show has been incredibly well received, receiving 10 nominations at the 2012 Olivier Awards, which is the maximum possible.

“Working onMatildahas been one of the greatest thrills of my life,” Minchin revealed.

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Matilda the Musicalwill have Matthew Warchus at the helm, who was also the director of the stage musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Matilda’s not the only Roald Dahl story that will be given a new lease of life. Perhaps most excitingly, The Witches will be remade, with Anne Hathaway starring as the theGrand High Witch.


Netlfix revealed in 2018 that they would be adapting a number of the author's other works and as well as Matilda have an agreement to adapt Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, 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.

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Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family content at Netflix, said in a statement, ‘Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honour and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world.

‘We have great creative ambition to re-imagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.’

Lauren Hughes
Lauren Hughes

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