‘Paddington’ Director In Talks To Helm New ‘Willy Wonka’ Project | Film News
There wasn’t anyone clamouring for a new version of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory in 2004, but we got one anyway. There isn’t anyone clamouring for a another new version in 2018 either, but it looks like we’re getting one anyway. At least this time, the creative team behind the film is something to write home about.
Paddington director Paul King is in talks to helm Warner’s Willy Wonka, a reimagining of Roald Dahl‘s beloved children’s book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The screenplay comes from Man Seeking Woman creator and former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich, while being produced by David Heyman, who worked with King on the Paddington movies.
Heyman had mentioned in the past how the potential film would not be a remake but instead a new approach to the iconic Dahl character. He spoke to /Film a few years ago about the early development of the script:
“It’s challenging because you don’t have Dahl, you don’t have a Dahl book, and yet you have a Dahl character. But I think there’s a lot in his character that suggests who he is and also where he might come from or what his childhood or his middle age might have been like. So we’re exploring that. We’re discussing it. We’re in the very early stages and very excited about what lies ahead”.
Story details are being kept under wraps, but with King potentially on board, anyone that’s seen Paddington 2 can affirm what a wonderful experience that is, and hopefully he can translate his talents to another equally beloved children’s classic.