Proving yet again that Hollywood movie producers seem to live in a world of no imagination, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. have acquired the rights to the Roald Dahl Estate’s Willy Wonka IP. and are looking to make a new Willy Wonka movie.
And because nothing is sacred anymore, they’re not looking to make just any movie; they are actually thinking of going the prequel route:
Sources reveal that the film will not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures. It’s unknown who from the original book series, other than Wonka, will be involved in the project. If the reboot is a hit, it seems likely that characters like Charlie could be seen in future installments of a possible franchise.
Part of the reason Willy Wonka works so well as a character and why audiences love him (well, Gene Wilder’s portrayal at least) is that he’s an enigmatic and mysterious owner of a chocolate factory that may or may not be murdering children (okay, that last part isn’t so lovable). A prequel that delves into little Willy’s past would absolutely shatter this air of mystery and make Wonka a considerably more uninteresting character. Which means that this movie is absolutely going to get made.
Right now, The Secret Life Of Pets‘ Simon Rich is handling the script and there is currently no director attached, although you have to assume that Tim Burton’s ears just perked up at this news.