Get ready to indulge yourself in the sweetness of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is getting another big screen adaptation. For one of the very few times in my life, I can say "I can scarcely contain my enthusiasm", and mean it.
King has a lot of buzz to his name, especially after Paddington 2 blew away critics and did well at the box office. We're just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful...
It seems as though everything is a-go-go for the new Willy Wonka prequel, and it is even being reported that film bosses are in talks with Paddington 2 director, Paul King, to take change of the project. The studio hopes that this new rendition of Willy Wonka could start a new movie franchise for the studio.
Simon Rich wrote the new script, which is being kept under wraps. The passing of star Gene Wilder in 2016 only cemented a perennial appreciation for the lighthearted fun and innocence that was 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Warners is beginning a creative revamp of some of its properties. The movie holds an astounding 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a record, and has made more than $205 million worldwide to date.
While Warner Brothers is obviously thinking franchise, the involvement of King is certainly reason to be interested. Another Dahl adaptation, The Witches, has a script written by Guillermo del Toro and is attracting directors, with Robert Zemeckis said to have met for the project. Paddington 2 is now the highest rated movie in the history of Rotten Tomatoes, so what I'm saying is you should go see it immediately.