The Twits (film)

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The Twits
Directed byPhil Johnston
Screenplay by
Story by
Based onThe Twits
by Roald Dahl
Produced by
  • Phil Johnston
  • Maggie Malone
Production
companies
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 2025 (2025)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Twits is an upcoming American animated comedy film co-produced and directed by Phil Johnston, who co-wrote the screenplay with Meg LeFauve from a screen story by Kirk DeMicco and John Cleese, based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl.

The Twits will be released in 2025 by Netflix.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Since February 2003, a feature film adaptation of the book has been in development by Vanguard Animation and its founder John H. Williams. As part of a multi-picture deal with Walt Disney Pictures, Vanguard was set to produce a CG animated/live-action film, with John Cleese and Kirk DeMicco writing the screenplay.[1]

In November 2004, it was reported that Mark Mylod signed up to direct the feature, and that Cleese may star in the film.[2] In October 2006, after the executive/regime changes at Disney, the project moved to Working Title and Universal.[3][4] By January 2012, the official site of Vanguard Animation stated that Conrad Vernon, the director of Shrek 2 (2004) and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), would direct the film.[5]

In April 2022, following Netflix's acquisition of the Roald Dahl company,[6][7] it was reported that a feature film will be distributed by Netflix, after having previously announced an animated series based on the book.[8] In September 2023, alongside the release of a first-look image of the film, it was announced that Phil Johnston was directing the feature and co-writing the screenplay with Meg LeFauve.[7]

Animation[edit]

Animation had begun by September 2023, the same month it was reported that Jellyfish Pictures was doing animation on the film.[7]

Release[edit]

The film is set to release in 2025 on Netflix, with a first-look image releasing in September 2023.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodesser, Claude (February 4, 2003). "'Twits' pic pleases Cleese". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (November 21, 2004). "Bigscreen goes Dahl-crazy". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  3. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (October 22, 2006). "Working Title takes reality check". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  4. ^ "Kirk DeMicco: Monkey Business". Total Sci-Fi Online. July 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Twits". Vanguard Animation. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  6. ^ Gray, Alistair (September 22, 2021). "Netflix snaps up entire works of Roald Dahl for over £500m". Financial Times. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d Ntim, Zac (September 18, 2023). "'The Twits:' Animated Feature Adaptation Of Roald Dahl Book Set At Netflix, First Look Revealed". Deadline. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  8. ^ Taylor, Drew (April 20, 2022). "Netflix Animation Erased: Executives Fired, Shows Canceled and Accusations of 'Staged Data' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved April 26, 2022 – via Yahoo!.

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