There’s a new Willy Wonka movie on the way and we’re all waiting anxiously to hunt for the Golden Ticket, yet again.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl Estate and is in the works of planning a new movie centred around the unforgettably eccentric character.
Apparently, the studio has been trying to lock down the rights to the film from the beginning of this year but only managed to close the deal recently. Producer of the Harry Potter franchise including its reboot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, David Heyman, will be re-teaming with Warner Bros. to revive the classic character.
If everything goes as planned, this will be the third movie after 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring the late Gene Wilder and the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
Author Roald Dahl only penned two books in which the Willy Wonka character appeared – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972). However, since neither of these books were specifically focused on Willy Wonka, Variety revealed that the film will be a standalone movie that is focused on Willy Wonka and his early adventures.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman will help produce the film while writer Simon Rich of The Secret Life of Pets will be working on the script.
A release date and cast members have yet to be announced.