Variety reports that Taika Waititi is partnering with Netflix on a pair of animated series — one based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and another based on the Oompa-Loompa characters.
Waititi, who won an Academy Award for the Jojo Rabbit adapted screenplay, will write, direct, and executive produce both projects. The two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies were based on the 1964 children’s novel by Roald Dahl about the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of Willy Wonka.
The Oompa-Loompas are small humans who were preyed upon in Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work at his factory. They are paid in cocoa beans and are also mischievous, loving practical jokes and singing songs.
“The shows will retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time,” Netflix stated.