It seems like a week can’t go by these days without a new anthology series being announced, and now Simon and Stephen Cornwell’s The Ink Factory has decided that they will be developing a new take on ‘Roald Dahl’s Tales Of The Unexpected.’ The original series ran from 1979 to 1988 on ITV from Anglia Television.
Best known for his popular novels such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘ and ‘Matilda,’ Dahl had produced a vast body of work. The original series was based on the author’s short stories and would often deliver an ending with a twist.
The Ink Factory is now working with the Roald Dahl Story Company to bring this project back to life and a had a number of writers in mind to work for the production. Currently, we know that Claire Wilson (‘The Little Drummer Girl,’ ‘Partners in Crime’), Tom Basden (‘The Wrong Mans,’ ‘Plebs’), and newcomer Ella Hickson will be helping develop these stories.
While it hasn’t been specified, this will likely be a brand new adaptation of Dahl’s previous works so there will probably be a crossover in content with the original series. The significant difference from this series and other shows such as ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ is that Dahl’s stories tried to use reality to tell the story instead of the supernatural or science fiction.
At this time a showrunner, directors, or even a network have yet to be attached, but that likely will change soon. The original take on this show often features quite famous stars, and it’ll be interesting to see if the reboot can capture that same kind of magic and influence.
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Source: Deadline Hollywood