Something tells me this won’t be the golden ticket.
A new Willy Wonka movie is the works. And unlike the the 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp, this one has a whole new direction.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Paul King, the man behind one of the best-reviewed family films of all time—the recent Paddington 2—is in final negotiations to make a new film version of Willy Wonka. David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films as well as Gravity and Paddington, is producing from a script by Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live, Inside Out).
Wonka was created by Roald Dahl in his 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That, of course, then became a famous 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder, and a less than stellar 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp. And while The Hollywood Reporter says Rich’s script is being kept under wraps, early reports suggested this movie might be a prequel to that famous Chocolate Factory storyline, following Wonka on another adventure.
This should be very interesting. Of course, Willy Wonka will never be the same without Gene Wilder, who died nearly two years ago. But it’s sounding like this new movie won’t be a straight-forward remake, but rather a prequel. That gives hope to fans of the original movie.
Unfortunately, some folks on Twitter are not terribly excited at the prospect of a new Wonka:
STOP IT. Gene Wilder is the ONLY WONKAhttps://t.co/WX1ZwhiEYo
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 13, 2018
The Depp remake was HORRIBLE!! Leave the classics alone!! Gene Wilder is, was and will always be THE ONLY Willy Wonka!!
— TMB Jackhole Q-10 (@MikeHermenet) February 13, 2018
I turned it off 1/3 way through. Gene Wilder is the only #WillyWonka
— Dana Lundon (@danalundon) February 13, 2018
Some people actually defended the new movie:
I did NOT like the version with Wilder. In fact, I hated it. Depp’s was more true to the book. https://t.co/ZW44PrVbBN
— Mary Elizabeth (@mchastain81) February 13, 2018
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