That Warner Bros. 'Willy Wonka' Film Will Be a Prequel

Well, at least it's not a direct reboot or retelling, but that in-the-works Warner Bros. Willy Wonka film is still happening. Reportedly, this version will be a 'prequel', telling the story of how Wonka got to where he is when we first meet him film-wise in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

According to our friends over at Collider, Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman had some things to say about the project:

"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. 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."

If you'll recall, Collider is also who broke the news (then rumor, and still not confirmed, really) that Donald Glover and Ryan Gosling were WB's early top picks to play the top-hatted candyman.

The outlet goes on to say that Heyman "hopes" to have Paul King direct Willy Wonka, but that King is currently tied up directing Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion musical adaptation of Pinocchio.

That Warner Bros. 'Willy Wonka' Film Will Be a Prequel
Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum, 1971
Everett Collection

We'll let you know when we hear anything else about this project, until then though, lets watch the classic Gene Wilder version[easyazon_link identifier="B0021L9MO6" locale="US" tag="bleedingcoo07-20"]Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Blu-ray Book Packaging)[/easyazon_link].

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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