“Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are again coming together to make another big film, and this time, it’s on a classic.
First of all, getting it out of the way, the Johnny Depp version should not exist and we as a species on Earth should wipe our brains of its creepy awfulness.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has secured the rights to the “Willy Wonka” IP from the Roald Dahl Estate (in case you didn’t know, it was a book before anything else).
Heyman will produce the film with Michael Siegel, the manager of the Dahl Estate. Kevin McCormick is the executive producer and “The Secret Life of Pets” writer, Simon Rich, is penning the script.
The film will not be an origin story, but instead will be a standalone film focused on Wonka’s early adventures. Other than Willy Wonka, it is unknown who else will be appearing from the original story.
Gene Wilder, the actor who played Willy Wonka in the original film, passed away this past August.
That movie really was a favorite of mine as a child. I truly hope this new film lives up to its glory, or at least doesn’t stomp on it like the Tim Burton film.