Paul King in talks to direct 'Willy Wonka' reboot

Peter Castro
February 15, 2018

Back in October 2016, the studio had acquired the rights to the franchise setting Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets) to write the screenplay for the movie, which was said to be a prequel following Willy Wonka's "early adventures".

The book tells the famous story of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket, and Willy Wonka and his incredible chocolate factory. Tim Burton then set about adapting the same material with 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp as an extremely unusual Wonka.

Director Paul King (Paddington, The Mighty Boosh) is now in talks with Warner Bros to direct a new Wonkatastic adaptation of Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though details of how closely it'll follow the source material remain to be seen. Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman is developing the film with Warner Bros. in the hopes of starting a franchise.

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining!

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"It's not a remake". We're just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful.I think there's a lot in his character that suggests who he is and also where he might come from or what his childhood or his middle age might have been like.

Some of Wonka's past was touched-on in Burton's film, which featured Wonka traumatized by his strict father, a dentist played by Christopher Lee. The story was turned into a film starring Gene Wilder in 1971.

Both of King's previous features, the two Paddington movies, have received universal acclaim and have been box office successes.

In addition to the projects based on works by Dahl, Warner Bros. made a new deal with the estate of Dr. Seuss to make films based on the classic children's books.

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