After a spate of Batman films in the 90s dogged audiences far and wide, Warner Bros. hired Christopher Nolan to revamp the character with Batman Begins. Now it looks like the studio is doing the same with Willy Wonka.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Paddington director Paul King is in talks to helm a new movie about Roald Dahl’s classic character. Memorably portrayed by Gene Wilder in 1971, and again portrayed by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 2005 film, King’s movie would see a young Wonka pre-Charlie Bucket.
Based on a script by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman, The Secret Life of Pets, and, memorably, this treasure from The New Yorker) , it’s unclear what period of Wonka’s life the movie will follow. Might it recount his first encounter with the Oompa-Loompas? Or maybe we’ll see his early days as a chocolate-seller? He’s known as a paradoxically cruel-yet-saccharine purveyor of sweets, who lives essentially alone in a massive industrial complex. How he got that way is a worthy topic of exploration.
Between Rich’s script, which is probably good, and King’s direction, which will certainly be good (have you seen Paddington?) this movie is one to keep an eye on. I know, cynicism is tempting in this case, but the stars seem to be aligning. Might as well be optimistic. After all, if you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.
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