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Netflix in talks to buy children's classics author Roald Dahl's works

The deal is likely to give the streaming service ownership of titles such as Matilda, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The BFG. 

Netflix in talks to buy children's classics author Roald Dahl's works

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Netflix logo is seen on a keyboard in front of the displayed words "streaming service" in this illustration taken March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD

Netflix Inc is in talks to acquire the works of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday (Sep 21), citing people familiar with the matter.

The deal, which the report said could be announced in the next few days, is likely to give Netflix ownership of children's classics such as Matilda, The BFG and The Twits.

An acquisition deal is a rarity for Netflix, and this would be its biggest such deal in the past decade, the report added.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Netflix already has a licensing agreement with The Roald Dahl Story Company from 2018 to create animated series based on the author's books.

Dahl's fiction has found home in Hollywood with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and James And The Giant Peach being made into movies.

Source: Reuters/sr