Paul King In Talks To Direct New 'Willy Wonka' Movie

15 February, 2018, 06:02 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Paul King in talks to direct 'Willy Wonka' reboot

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that King, the director of the whimsical and warm live-action/CGI flick Paddington, is set to direct Warner Bros. A 2005 adaptation was more faithful, bringing Johnny Depp into the lead role.

King would be joined by the Paddington series producer David Heyman, working from a script by Simon Rich. The director came back to make Paddington 2, which debuted in USA theaters last month, earning $38.5 million thus far, plus $167.1 million overseas for a current worldwide tally of $205.6 million, from an undisclosed production budget. The new Willy Wonka is part of an initiative by Warner Bros.to reboot various Dahl properties, like The Witches, which is now in development with a script by Guillermo del Toro. The movie holds an astounding 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a record, and has made more than $205 million worldwide to date.

Plot details are pretty hazy at this stage, but we do know that the film will be a prequel covering Wonka's life *before* meeting Charlie Bucket.

The question is, do we need another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie?




Warner Bros.is hoping the film might prove a golden ticket to a new franchise, and they also reportedly have an adaptation of Dahl's The Witches in the works with a script from Guillermo del Toro.

Wonka is the fictional infamous and eccentric owner of a chocolate factory who figured prominently in Dahl's 1964 book and its follow-up, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.He was also the caretaker of the Oompa-Loompas, the short humans whom Wonka saved from enemies in Loompaland and now makes his sweets.

The last we heard about this project was back in July, when Ryan Reynolds mentioned in an interview that he wanted to play the title character in Willy Wonka.

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