The Netflix streaming platform seems determined to prove to the cinema that she has nothing to envy him. Using its various original productions, it shows each time a little more that it is making its place in the medium, proposing castings always more impressive.
the rise of netflix
With a first burst of brilliance in 2019 with The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorcese and which brought together an exceptional cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Netflix had shown what they could do. Since then, they have continued to offer films with headliners, and not the least.
Just last year we saw Dwayne Johnson alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot in Red Notice ; and more recently we attended the Big Return of Jennifer Lawrence, co-starring with big names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill in Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial.
And after acquiring the publishing catalog from author Roald Dahl last year, Netflix already seems ready to launch its next project. the Hollywood Reporter revealed that famous director Wes Anderson, who has already adapted Fantastic Mr. Fox by Dahl, was also going to make an adaptation of the collection of short stories The Wonderful Story of Henry and Six More (1977).
Anderson and Netflix already know the actor’s name for the main role of the film, and it will be Benedict Cumberbatch. To accompany it, we will also find Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, although their roles in the film remain unknown for the time being. Production on the film is slated to begin at the end of the month in the UK, and Looks like Cumberbatch won’t just play Henry Sugar, but that he will also appear as “a link between the stories” by assuming “several roles” in the film.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More will be Anderson’s eleventh feature as director and his second adaptation of Dahl. The film will also be the director’s first collaboration with Cumberbatch, Patel and Kingsley, with Fiennes having previously starred in Anderson’s film. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). But not yet having a definitive confirmation on the film’s distribution, we can expect to find other recurring Anderson collaborators, with some big names like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson or Tilda Swinton.
Credits : The Grand Budapest Hotel, 20th Century Fox
a vein to be exploited
In fact, this isn’t the first Dahl-based project Netflix has worked on, but it’s the first they’ll put in front of the cameras since the deal was done. As reported Comicbook, before acquiring the rights to Dahl’s works, Netflix had made deals to develop series based on Charlie and the chocolate factory and the characters of Oompa Loompa, as well as a live-action version from Matilda based on the Broadway musical, to name a few.
The widow of Roald Dahl, Felicity Dahl, recently said in a statement:
Our purposefully noble mission is to enable as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories. This partnership with Netflix marks an important milestone in achieving that goal and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be delighted.
Source : Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust
Nevertheless, What remains unclear regarding the acquisition of the Dahl catalog by Netflix, that’s what that means for studios that own the film rights to some of the stories due to previous deals. Warner Bros, for example, is developing a movie Willy Wonka scheduled for 2023 with Timothée Chalamet in the title role, but given that Netflix is already working on its animated series Charlie and the chocolate factory, they might have a free hand, at least for now.
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