Film director Wes Anderson is reportedly gearing up to make another movie based on a Roald Dahl story, this time for Netflix.
According to a Daily Mail report, Anderson will adapt Roald Dahl’s 1977 short story, ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’, for the big screen. The report also claims that the new movie will star Benedict Cumberbatch of ‘Sherlock’ fame.
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For those unaware, ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’, tells the story of a man who is a gambler and who develops the ability to see through cards. Unsurprisingly, Henry Sugar ends up winning considerable sums but donates his earnings to open a number of orphanages.
According to a Deadline report, Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kingsley will also feature in the movie, while Cumberbatch will play the role of the titular Henry Sugar.
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This will not be the first time that Anderson has directed a Roald Dahl movie: the auteur had earlier also adapted Dahl’s 1970 children’s novel, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, for the big screen in 2009, an adaptation that received considerable critical acclaim.
Anderson’s latest adaptation of a Dahl story is likely to be Netflix’s first after the streaming giant acquired the Roald Dahl estate in September 2021.
Deadline has also claimed that Anderson’s new film could end up being part of a Netflix anthology of Roald Dahl stories that incorporate other stories from the same 1977 collection, which includes ‘The Boy Who Talked With Animals’, ‘The Hitch-Hiker’, ‘The Mildenhall Treasure’, ‘The Swan’, ‘Lucky Break’, and ‘A Piece of Cake’.
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The streaming giant is already currently involved in the production of a Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston series based on Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, as well as an adaptation of ‘Matilda the Musical’ starring Emma Thompson.
Netflix, however, has not commented on these reports.