Netflix is creating a series of animated TV shows based on author Roald Dahl's most beloved stories.

The news was announced with a short video on Twitter saying a selection of Dahl's most popular books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, THE BFG and The Twits, will be "reimagined for a new generation".

"Netflix will adapt the Roald Dahl universe of stories as a new slate of animated event series. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG are just a few of the titles from the author's beloved and award-winning library that will be reimagined for a new generation", the tweet read.

Roald Dahl's widow, Felicity Dahl, commented: "Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories. 

"This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled."

Many of Dahl's stories have been adapted for the screen before, including the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder and 1996's Danny DeVito-directed Matilda.

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Roald Dahl animated series in 2019.