The mysterious Oompa-Loompas were either the unsung heroes or subtle villains of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, depending on how you interpret the story. And now they’re finally going to get their time in the spotlight, courtesy of Netflix and Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi. Fresh off winning an Academy Award for penning the screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, which he also directed, Waititi will write, direct, and executive produce a pair of original animated series for Netflix based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s 1964 novel about a young boy who wins a chance to meet the Willy Wonka, an enigmatic chocolate maker and tour his fantastic factory. The book has been adapted for the big screen twice, in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and later in 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. According to Deadline, one of Waititi’s series will be based on the characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the other will focus on the Oompa-Loompas, the race of diminutive factory workers who help Willy Wonka make his wondrous treats. The series will reportedly expand on the world of Dahl’s novel, which featured a group of children… Read full this story
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