A world of pure imagination that defies expectation is coming to Netflix. According to
The 1964 children’s novel about a young boy who wins a golden ticket for a trip inside Willy Wonka’s bizarre chocolate factory has seen its share of adaptations over the years.
Since then, we have seen a reimagined movie, plays, an opera event, games, and many takes on this story. This odd and whimsical saga is perfect for an animated series that will capture the hearts of generations of people who grew up with the book and original musical as well as younger kids who might be experiencing the story for the first time.
And honestly, the power that Taika Waititi holds right now is undeniable. He has
This sentiment is certainly shared by Melissa Cobb, Netflix VP of Original Animation. She released a statement about the joy of Dahl’s work and how Waititi made an intimidating task easier.
“I grew up reading Dahl stories and lived large parts of my young life in those magical worlds, so finding just 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. Then, it was really obvious. If Dahl had created a character of a filmmaker to adapt his work, I’m pretty sure he would have created Taika.”
He certainly has the energy and wit needed to make both of these series engaging and fun. There’s currently no word on when production will start nor about who will voice the series yet. So, until then, Willy Wonka fans will have to trust that things will line up perfectly for this fresh take on a beloved adventure.