Pro­ducer: New Willy Wonka movie a pre­quel

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Pro­ducer David Hey­man has con­firmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a pre­quel.

In Fe­bru­ary, it was re­ported that Pad­ding ton film maker Paul King was in talks with ex­ec­u­tives at Warner Bros. to make an­other film in­spired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 chil­dren’s novel Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory.

While writer Si­mon Rich’s sto­ry­line for the pro­ject re­mains un­der wraps, Hey­man has now di­vulged that the film will be a pre­quel, rather than a fol­lowup tale, about the ec­cen­tric choco­latier.

“We are still try­ing to fig­ure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a pre­quel, it’s not a se­quel,” he told Col­ “What makes Willy when we find him at the choco­late fac­tory do­ing the golden ticket, where is he be­fore that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked him­self away? It’s how does he get there? So, we’re play­ing around with that.”

In the orig­i­nal 1971 Mel Stu­art­di­rected film, with Gene Wilder as Wonka, the char­ac­ter’s ori­gin story isn’t ex­plored.

And in the 2005 Tim Bur­ton ver­sion, which stars Johnny Depp, flash­backs re­vealed that Wonka’s fa­ther, a prom­i­nent den­tist named Wil­bur, por­trayed by Christo­pher Lee, strictly for­bade him from con­sum­ing candy due to the po­ten­tial risk to his teeth — lead­ing him to later launch his own choco­late fac­tory.

Hey­man said he hopes King will be able to di­rect the movie, though the di­rec­tor is cur­rently in pre­pro­duc­tion for Dis­ney’s live-ac­tion Pinoc­chio adap­ta­tion, mean­ing he will be busy for at least the next 18 months.

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