Dahl novels turned into movies

Dahl novels turned into movies

Although the pandemic has not allowed premieres to reach theaters, several films have had to be adapted to other digital platforms.

That is the case of “The Witches” – “Las Brujas” in Spanish—, which will premiere on October 22 on HBO Max.

With the arrival of this film, we wanted to enter the world of Roal Dahl, famous Welsh novelist, short story writer, poet and screenwriter of Norwegian descent.

Although the artist passed away almost 30 years ago (in November 1990), his legacy has been so great that even his books – and now film adaptations – are classics for young and old, uniting generations with his gripping and enigmatic stories.

And is that many of his masterpieces have been successes not only on a literary level, but also on the big screen.

Here are some of his great novels that have crossed borders and have reached the cinema (or now, to digital platforms). Do you remember any of them?

“The witches”

We tell you at the beginning of the note, and that is that the famous children’s novel by Roald Dahl, “The Witches”, will arrive on the HBO Max streaming platform, under the direction of Robert Zemeckis.

It is also produced by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and co-written by Guillermo del Toro (The shape of water).

This adaptation will star actress Anne Hathaway as the lead and will also feature a great cast that includes Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock and Angus Wright.

The plot is set in the late 60s and centers on an orphan boy who stumbles upon a secret witches’ coven. He goes to live with his grandmother, who must help him to try to stop the evil plan of the Grand Witch to turn children around the world into mice.

One piece of information: “The Witches” 2020 version is a remakle of the 90s movie starring actress Anjelica Houston, under the direction of Nicholas Roeg.


In 1996 “Matilda” was released, one of the most popular Dahl adaptations to date.

The film was directed by Danny DeVito and produced by The Walt Disney Company3. It starred Mara Wilson as Matilda, in addition to having a powerful cast with DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris.

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Recall that the plot centers on a young genius named Matilda Wormwood, who develops psychokinetic abilities and uses them to deal with her disreputable family and Agatha Trunchbull, the ruthless, oppressive, and tyrannical principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

This work by Roald Dahl was made into a film on numerous occasions, each being an icon in their different generations.

First it was “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, a musical directed by Mel Stuart that hit theaters in 1971, starring Gene Wilder.

In fact, to this day many young people will recognize various scenes from the film with different memes that circulate on social networks.

In 2005, this novel returned to the big screen with the film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, an adaptation by director Tim Burton, whose cast was led by Johnny Depp.

Let us remember that the children’s novel, which was written in 1964, tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a boy surrounded by extreme poverty, whose life changes when he meets the eccentric Willy Wonka, owner of the chocolate factory near his home.

“The fantastic Mr. Zorro”

In 2009 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – “The Fantastic Mr. Zorro” in Spanish -, a stop motion animated film, based on the eponymous book by Roald Dahl, arrived at the cinema.

The film is directed by Wes Anderson, and produced by Regency Enterprises and Indian Paintbrush, along with 20th Century Fox.

The story begins with Mr. Zorro, a fox who steals the farmers’ chickens. The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, and many more.

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Dahl novels turned into movies