Willy Wonka, a staple of the childhoods of many children of the late 20th century. With an iconic performance from the recently deceased Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory somehow made kids that much more into candy. To be totally truthful I’ve never fully seen the movie, but I’ve heard great things. It’s on that unwritten list I have in my head of movies I need to see. But if it helps I have read the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and it was lovely. In conclusion, from the written word to the movie screen Willy Wonka has always been awesome and worth paying attention to. And it seems there will be a new medium with which we can do that.
A Willy Wonka movie is in the works at Warner Brothers. And no I do not mean a Willy Wonka and the Chocalate Factory movie, I mean a Willy Wonka movie. According to Variety, this movie is to be a standalone film following Wonka in his early adventures. It is unclear if any of the other characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be making appearances, but I’m sure we will get confirmation on this soon enough as development on the film goes on.
While it is early in the film’s development, there are a few interesting names attached to the film at the moment. The movie is to be penned by Secret Life of Pets scribe Simon Rich and produced by David Heyman, a man who helped build the franchise that was The Harry Potter movies and the spin-off series that is to premiere this November Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Alongside Heyman will be the manager of the Dahl Estate Michael Siegel to help produce.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, capitalizing on the death of Gene Wilder. Real classy”. Au contraire, mon frere (apologizes to anyone who knows French and is just disgusted by my used of this for one reason or another. This just felt great for the moment)! They’ve actually been trying to secure the IP since the beginning of the year, having only gotten it this Fall. So this was all pre-Wilder, so keep your panties out of a knot.
Opinion time: while I do think that Willy Wonka is a great character, I have never wanted to see him pre-chocolate factory. I’m not against it but it’s not something I’ve been longing for. That backstory from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was enough for me. But this could be fun I guess. What could go wrong?
So what could go wrong? Do you like this idea? Who do you think they should cast to play Willy Wonka? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the Willy Wonka movie and everything else going on in the world of movie news.