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Willy Wonka reboot in the works with Paddington director

Paul King in talks to direct 'Willy Wonka' reboot

Another adaptation of Dahl's work "The Witches" is also in the works at the studio with a script from Guillermo del Toro. Willy Wonka is a popular screen entity, having previously been adapted for film in the iconic 1971 iteration starring Gene Wilder as the chocolate factory mastermind and again in 2005 with Johnny Depp. The story will be set before the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, following Willy Wonka in his early adventures prior to meeting Charlie.

If King takes the directing gig, he'll be teaming up with his producer from the Paddington films, David Heyman.

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining!

The Hollywood Reporter says that Paul King, the man behind one of the best-reviewed family films of all time-the recent Paddington 2-is in final negotiations to make a new film version of Willy Wonka. The script was written by Simon Rich who recently penned The Secret Life of Pets. Since this new story won't follow the books, it remains to be seen if this story will include the Oompa-Loompas, who Wonka saved from Loompaland before they helped run his candy factory. The hope for Wonka is that King will initiate a new franchise that will stand out artistically. The director was also extensively involved with the British cult classic show The Mighty Boosh, so he might have the right sensibility to make a truly unusual and wonderful Wonka, despite the prevalence of remake fatigue. Honed on cult British comedy show The Mighty Boosh and brought to breathtaking scale in the Paddingtons, King's directing leans towards the mischievous and freaky, achieving results with imaginative staging and old-school filmmaking tricks rather than visual effects (though he's no stranger to those either).

For those unaware, Paddington and Paddington 2 are critical juggernauts.