Wes Anderson joins Benedict Cumberbatch and Netflix to re-adapt Roald Dahl in ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’

Wes Anderson joins Benedict Cumberbatch and Netflix to re-adapt Roald Dahl in ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’

Wes Anderson Goes For His Second Roald Dahl Story Adaptation, 12 years after the success of his stop-motion version of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ (Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009). A Netflix-backed production, which recently bought the rights to Dahl’s entire catalog and which, according to Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye, will be based on ‘The wonderful story of Henry Sugar‘(The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, 1977) and Benedict Cumberbatch will play the main role.

Netflix’s Roald Dahl multiverse

Anderson will return to touch the author of children’s literature after his ‘The French Chronicle’ and for this he has chosen the story about a player who studies meditation to acquire the ability to see through cards, and then opens a chain of orphanages with his Profits. Netflix acquired the entire Dahl catalog from Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021 after licensing 16 of Dahl’s best-known titles in 2018.

This original agreement opened to the company the possibility of creation of a unique universe through animated and live action movies and TV, publications, games, immersive experiences, live theater consumer products and others, as commented at the time and two television series by Taika Waititi ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Oompa Loompas’ are already in development – and another based on’ The Twits’. Upcoming feature films include a musical adaptation of ‘Matilda’ starring Emma Thompson and directed by Matthew Warchus.

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Also in production is “Wonka,” an “origins” story featuring Timothée Chalamet as young Willy Wonka; but the license agreement with Warner Bros to make this movie predates the Netflix agreement. Anderson’s movie It will be his first collaboration with Netflix and there is no estimated filming and release date.

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