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A 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' series is headed to Netflix

"Jojo Rabbit" director Taika Waititi is set to write, direct and executive produce two animated series based on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for Netflix.

The first series from the Oscar winner will center around the characters in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The second, titled "Oompa-Loompas," will focus on the characters of the same name who work in the chocolate factory, Netflix announced in a news release Thursday.

Dahl's book was first adapted for the screen in 1971, with Gene Wilder starring as chocolate factory owner, Willy Wonka. Director Tim Burton remade the movie in 2005 with Johnny Depp in the lead role.

Netflix said that it plans to "retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time."

Waititi is also set to direct Marvel's "Thor: Love and Thunder," which is expected to be released in November 2021.