Paddington Director Paul King In Talks For New Willy Wonka

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In this age of remakes, people believe that some movies shouldn’t be touched. These are the ones that survived the test of time. Maybe they have been remade, but most agreed they probably shouldn’t have been remade.

One of those movies is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Based off the classic Roald Dahl children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film followed a young boy who is one of a few sent into the wondrous chocolate factory of Willy Wonka. It starred Gene Wilder and is considered to be a classic film. The film was adapted again in 2005 under the title Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp. It was less well received because Burton has like this issue with adaptations.

Needless to say when it was announced that Warner Brothers was looking to revamp some of its properties. They hope for a new franchise. The studio is also revamping another Dahl classic, The Witches.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul King is in talks to direct this new Wonka adaptation. King is best-known for his work on the Paddington films. The sequel, which stars Hugh Grant and Sally Hawkins, currently enjoys a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If King directs Wonka, then he will do it from a script by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman).

Bec Heim

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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