The acclaimed Harry Potter producer is developing a new take on Willy Wonka following the death of Gene Wilder, who played the iconic character in the 1971 film, earlier this year.
Warner Bros. have recently been in negotiation with the Roald Dahl Estate for the rights to make another Willy Wonka movie, and the deal has apparently now closed. The script will be written by The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich.
The film is unlikely to feature Charlie or any of the other characters we know from the first two films, but may pave the way to another remake of the original story depending on this film’s success.
Right now, the story will apparently be set before the events of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a stand-alone tale about Wonka’s earlier life. It won’t be an origin story, as Burton explored in the 2005 film, but more a prequel of sorts about his adventures searching for new, exciting ingredients for his sweets and chocolate.
With David Heyman’s expertise from Harry Potter in portraying beloved characters, this should certainly be a film worth seeing for fans of the books and films alike.