Film Director Wes Anderson: “Don’t Touch Roald Dahl” | film

If it were up to American film director Wes Anderson, the content of British writer Roald Dahl’s novels should not be touched. Anderson said this in an interview with British news agency Reuters on Friday during the Venice Film Festival to promote his latest production, a film adaptation of Dahl’s novel The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

Earlier this year, there was an uproar in the UK when publisher Puffin announced that it had changed details in the content of Dahl’s books. For example, references to gender and descriptions of characters’ appearance have been changed. This was supposed to be done to prevent the ancient language, according to the publisher, from offending people.

However, the resulting uproar prompted Puffin to announce that the books would be published in an uncensored edition later this year.

Anderson says he doesn’t see anything wrong with modifying or censoring books. Anderson said: “I would probably be the last person you should ask about this, because if you asked me if Renoir should be allowed to edit one of his paintings, I would say no.”

“Nobody who isn’t an author should quote someone else’s books. He’s dead,” Anderson continued.


The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar isn’t the first book by Roald Dahl to be made into a movie by Anderson. He previously did this with the movie ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ in 2009. The animated movie based on that novel was a huge hit.

At 40 minutes, Dahl’s new production is much shorter than the average motion picture, and thus is not considered a “feature film”. The lead roles are played by some of the biggest names in British cinema, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel and Ben Kingsley. The film will be distributed by Netflix, which has purchased the rights to adapt Dahl’s stories.

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