Phil Johnston, known for his work on Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” is set to direct, produce, and co-write an animated feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” for Netflix. This project, which marks Netflix’s first animated venture following its 2021 acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company, is scheduled for release in 2025. Joining Johnston on this creative journey are co-directors Katie Shanahan and Todd Demong, with Meg Favreau co-writing the script alongside Johnston.
“The Twits,” a beloved classic translated into 41 languages and selling 16 million copies worldwide, is a fitting choice for Netflix’s inaugural Dahl-inspired animated feature. The movie’s official synopsis describes the Twits as “the meanest, smelliest, nastiest people in the world” who own the ludicrously absurd Twitlandia amusement park. When these odious characters seize power in their town, a group of courageous orphans and a magical animal family must outsmart the Twits to save their city.
Johnston, who had a personal connection to “The Twits” as his favorite childhood book, expressed his enthusiasm for the project. He sees the story as a reminder that individuals like the Twits, driven by anger and vengeance, should not prevail in our world.
“The Twits” is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2025. This venture is part of Netflix’s broader plans to adapt Roald Dahl’s works for new generations of audiences, with more announcements on the horizon, including a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” series. In the meantime, viewers can look forward to a series of short films directed by Wes Anderson, starting with “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” set to debut later this month.
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