Netflix has announced that they will be releasing an animated film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book, The Twits, on their streaming service in 2025. The film will be directed by Phil Johnston, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Ralph Breaks the Internet. Johnston will also be co-writing the script with Meg Favreau and producing the film alongside Maggie Malone. Katie Shanahan and Todd Demong will serve as co-directors.
This adaptation of The Twits is just one of many planned adaptations of Dahl’s stories for Netflix. Other projects in the works include Wes Anderson’s live-action short, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and an animated retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, Netflix acquired the rights to Dahl’s entire catalog through their acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021.
The Twits follows the despicable Mr. and Mrs. Twit, who not only mistreat each other but also operate a disgusting and dangerous amusement park called Twitlandia. When the Twits gain power in their town, it is up to two brave orphans and a family of magical animals to outwit them and save the city. The film will explore themes of trickery, self-awareness, and the importance of empathy.
Phil Johnston expressed his excitement about the project, stating that The Twits was his favorite book as a child. He described his love for the Twits and their terrible tricks, as well as their lack of self-awareness, personal hygiene, and human decency. Johnston believes that the film will serve as a reminder that characters like the Twits, who embody anger and vengeance, should not be allowed to triumph in the real world.
It is worth noting that these deals were made prior to the ongoing strikes in the industry, and this film falls under the Animation Guild contract. This ensures that the production of The Twits will be in compliance with industry standards and that the rights and compensation of the artists and animators involved will be protected.
The announcement of the animated adaptation of The Twits has generated much anticipation among Roald Dahl fans and animation enthusiasts alike. Many are excited to see how the distinct and imaginative world of Dahl’s book will be brought to life on the screen. With the talented team of filmmakers and animators involved, expectations are high for a faithful and visually stunning adaptation.
The release of The Twits on Netflix in 2025 will undoubtedly be a major event for fans of the book and for those eager to experience Dahl’s magical storytelling in a new format. The film will join a growing catalog of Roald Dahl adaptations that will entertain and inspire generations to come.