Fresh off his first Academy Award win for “Jojo Rabbit,” writer and director Taika Waititi has set his sites on two new animated series for Netflix.
According to Variety, Waititi is set to develop a pair of shows set in Roald Dahl’s world. One will be based on the 1964 novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” while the other will focus specifically on Willy Wonka’s factory workers, the Oompa-Loompas. The novel has been adapted into two feature films, the first, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starred Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolatier and was released in 1971. The other, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” was released in 2005, was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp.
While one series is expected to be a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel, the series about the Oompa-Loompas is more of an unknown. Most likely, it will be set in Loompaland, where the little people were exploited and attacked before Willy Wonka offered them jobs in his factory and paid them a salary in cocoa beans.
Melissa Cobb, Netflix Vice President of Original Animation said of hiring Waititi:
“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.”
Waititi’s list of upcoming projects is staggering, and this news comes not long after Showtime confirmed he is working on a limited series with them. The Oscar winner will release his next film, “Next Goal Wins,” later this year. Season two of “What We Do in the Shadows” kicks off on April 15. He will soon be moving into production on “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and is still apparently planning the highly anticipated adaptation of “Akira.”