Roald Dahl’s works are timeless classics and arguably his greatest character is Willy Wonka, the strange and reclusive chocolatier. He was brought to life in two movies already, but now he’s set to return in a brand new reboot.
Director Paul King (Paddington, The Mighty Boosh) is currently in talks with Warner Bros to direct a new Wonkatastic adaptation of Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though details of how closely it’ll follow the source material remain to be seen.
As I’m sure you all know, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of a mysterious sadist who lures children into his locked factory, where a serious of ‘accidents’ befall them one by one until the saintly Charlie Bucket is bequeathed the Wonka fortune. There are also Oompa Loompas.
The first film, starring Gene Wilder as Wonka, is the brightly-coloured staple of many a childhood, including mine. The Johnny Depp-starring remake by Tim Burton is widely considered as a bit of a misstep, though it does benefit from having the Oompa Loompa sing versions of the songs from the book in all their misanthropic glory.
The question is, do we need another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie? Both previous movies covered the story well enough and it doesn’t seem that there would be anything to add. Personally, I’d much rather see a sequel – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was an underrated book, and who doesn’t want to see a swarm of Vermicious Knids?
Are you excited by the prospect of a new Wonka film? Who would you cast? Answers in the comments!
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