The centennial of the late children's author Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, among others, is September 13, and his estate says that 23 projects for TV, film and the stage are currently in the works, according to The New York Times.
Luke Kelly, Dahl’s 30-year-old grandson who is the managing director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, told the Times, “With publishing shifting a lot, there is still, I think, a huge desire to bring his kind of vivid and mischievous world into other mediums…. We are really transferring from being a literary estate to being more of a story company, and that is a bit of a scary thing for some people…. That doesn’t mean that we’re not still going to think about the books as our guiding light. It just means that we’re also thinking, How do we get these amazing words and stories into kids’ bedrooms, and into their minds and imaginations, in many ways?”
In addition to Matilda the Musical, which concludes its Broadway run January 1, 2017, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a revised version of the London hit that begins previews in March at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, other stage projects include Fantastic Mr. Fox and James and the Giant Peach.
Fox, which will debut at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre in the fall, features an adaptation by Sam Holcroft and music by Arthur Darvill. Peach, which has played Goodspeed and Seattle Children's Theatre, has a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose Dear Evan Hansen arrives on Broadway later this season. The estate, according to the Times, has decided not to allow Broadway or West End mountings of this version of James and the Giant Peach; a different adaptation may be in the works.