Just a couple of months after the death of Gene Wilder, who starred in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, we have news that Willy Wonka will be once again be returning to the big screen. This won’t be another remake, however; instead it will be a brand new tale expected to focus on a younger version of the character. The project is being set up at Warner Brothers, who were also responsible for the 2005 version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp in the lead role. The hope is that this will potentially set the stage for an new franchise of future films revolving around Willy Wonka and his wacky adventures. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl Estate and is currently developing a new movie based on the character. Long-time Harry Potter producer David Heyman will produce along with Michael Siegel, who manages the Dahl Estate. Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets, Inside Out) is on board to write the screenplay but no director is currently attached.
Although the movie is being planned as a prequel, it will not be an origin story per se. It is unclear if the movie will draw from any of Dahl’s source material or feature any other characters from the books. Roald Dahl did write a sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory called Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (which has never been adapted for the big screen) but he did not write anything that focused on Willy Wonka specifically. Do you have any interest in a new Willy Wonka movie or is this just a bad idea?