Netflix has set Wes Anderson to direct “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” for the streaming platform, sources have confirmed to IndieWire. Anderson will write and helm the feature adaptation of the 1977 story by the author, whose “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Anderson previously turned into an Oscar-winning animated film.
Netflix did not reply to IndieWire’s request for comment. Sources tell Deadline that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role, with Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kingsley joining the cast.
The original book is a collection of seven short stories, but it’s not known whether Anderson will helm all the stories as an omnibus film (a la his recent “French Dispatch,” which is comprised of a collection of narratives) or focus on the title story.
The news arises from Netflix’s September acquisition of the Roald Dahl catalogue, from which the streamer will develop a slate of new projects based on the beloved author’s properties, from animated and live-action films to immersive experiences and more. Netflix is already at work with Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston on a series based on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as well as a new “Matilda” musical.
The project is an addition to another Anderson film coming down the pike, which the direct has been in production on in Spain with a cast including Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, and Adrien Brody.
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