Sony Pictures and Netflix are teaming for a feature film adaptation of “Matilda the Musical,” the stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel “Matilda”.
Matilda follows the story of a young bookworm prodigy mistreated by her ignorant parents. At a school run by an abusive headmistress, she finds a kindred spirit in her teacher, Miss Honey. Matthew Warchus (“Simpatico”) directs the film from a script by Dennis Kelly.
Details of the release are still being worked out but at present, the plan is for “Matilda” to get a full theatrical and home video run exclusively in the U.K. and then launch on Netflix platforms around the world.
It’s not clear how the two companies are splitting the cost of the production or the size of the gap between theatrical and Netflix runs be it two weeks (like with “Annihilation” and “Shaft”), a little over a month (like with “Uncut Gems”) or something else.
Tri-Star Pictures made a film version of the original “Matilda” novel in 1996 that disappointed at the box office but became a fan favorite. The musical launched in 2011 and ran for years, winning four Tony Awards in the process.