A trip through a factory where almost everything is made of chocolate and candy delights is a child’s dream! Willy Wonka is the chocolatier that runs this particular chocolate factory where he employs Oompa Loompas and creates Everlasting Gobstoppers, Wonka bars, Fizzy Lifting Drinks and more tantalizing treats! Though we admire his candy making prowess, has anyone ever wondered where Willy Wonka got his start?
If you have then you’ll be excited to know that a prequel will be produced by Warner Bros. The Willy Wonka producer David Heyman has confirmed that though there is slow progress, the movie is still in the works. The film has yet to start production, but it is still in development. The plot isn’t known yet being that it won’t be an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel, but it will be an origin story.
Producer, David Heyman went on to explain how they will be approaching the plot and our eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka:
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.
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Some may think there’s no need for a prequel, however, I’m all for this. We get to see some aspect of Willy Wonka but he is truly an enigma and I want to know his history.
There is news from the HBO citadel! Casting has begun to take place for the upcoming prequel for the Game of Thrones series. Previously, there had been mere rumors of a spin off in the make but we now know that HBO had ordered a Game of Thrones prequel and we’re dying to see it. Not only are we dying to see the actual show, we are dying to see the new cast who will be starring. It has been officially announced that Naomi Watts has been signed to lead the ensemble cast of this upcoming prequel.
The Game of Thrones prequel is being written by Jane Goldman, who has written for X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, and she has partnered with our great and glorious George R.R Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones series. Currently, Naomi Watts is the first of many actors to be cast. The series is actively casting roles and seeking someone to direct it as well. Though still on its bare bones, it’s slowly building up and the basic story line has been shared which gives us hope that the series will be great. The network released an official description of the show, they write:
Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.
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The Game of Thrones prequel will not premiere until a year after the original series has concluded. We can expect that we will see the prequel in 2020 after the original series has concluded. Though the original cast will not be used, we can expect to fall in love with this new and developing cast (and of course weep when they are tragically killed off). This is so far a good casting, I can’t wait to see what else the prequel will have to offer. Look out for news and follow the Game of Thrones Twitter and Facebook to keep up with upcoming news.
I can’t think of a more classic action series and franchise than that of James Bond and the 007 films. In my mind, there’s no one who can look quite as sleek and cool as James Bond and his beautiful Bond girl. How did they look so good while fighting off the corrupt villains? Beats me, but the series author Ian Fleming left quite a bit of Bond material behind, and fans want more. Maybe, just maybe, now we’ll get it.
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Anthony Horowitz, author of the adrenaline-packed Alex Rider series, received authorization from the Fleming Estate to take on the famous series… with a prequel! Forever and a Day will be the precursor to the 1953 novel Casino Royale. It’s going to follow Bond’s very first mission, the one that turned him into the iconic figure he is.
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According to the Guardian, publisher Jonathan Cape explained that the novel will start with body of a previous agent designated as 007 being found afloat in the waters near Marseilles. His cause of death is unknown; this is where James Bond steps in to take his place:
M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. ‘We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.’ ‘It’s Bond, sir,’ the Chief of Staff replied. ‘James Bond.’
Does it get any cooler? This is Horowitz’s second Bond novel, the first being Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming, a sort of spin-off, but this one is even more promising. “I couldn’t have been happier when the Ian Fleming estate invited me back to write a second Bond,” says Horowitz. Even Fleming’s nephew is thrilled about the work, saying that it’s “in the best tradition of Ian Fleming.”
After Fleming’s fourteen Bond novels, we have reason to believe this work (which will be out on May 31st) will be a great introduction to how this agent became the legend.
The Harry Potter film franchise just got a little bit bigger, thanks to a crowdfunded fan-made prequel. Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, which was created with a £13,000 budget, has been viewed more than nine million times and received positive critical reviews – impressive, considering the film was released less than a week ago.
The film, which is not endorsed by J.K. Rowling, follows protagonist Grisha McLaggen, a Scottish student who tries to uncover the truth about our good friend Tom Marvolo Riddle. McLaggen, a new character to the story, has ties to the Harry Potter world through Cormac McLaggen. Rowling said at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2004, “I found the name McLaggen the other day, which I think is a great name. There’s a McLaggen in book six because I thought that it is a surname that is too good to waste.”
Tryangle Films, the Italian production company to thank for the fifty-two minute prequel, combed through the extensive Harry Potter lore to create their own story. “There are some scenes which have never been on cinema screens, but are already known by the readers of the Harry Potter saga,” said the director, Gianmaria Pezzato.
Unsurprisingly, the production company ran into a bit of trouble when they received a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros, but the companies compromised with Tryangle Films waiving the rights to any profits from the film. “For a non-profit film made purely out of love, it looks great, with big budget quality special effects.”
The film is available on YouTube for free – watch it here, or embedded below.
How would you feel if you wrote a classic novel (as you do) and years later, some pretender to your literary throne wrote a sequel? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all. Would you be flattered, or would you be outraged? I’d be a mixture of both. I didn’t even like coloring books as a child because no matter how nicely I colored the pictures, they were still drawn by somebody else and, therefore, I wouldn’t feel like they were really my achievement. I like having achievements.
Anyway, I guess I’d also feel pretty flattered that someone wanted to write that level of fan fiction based on my work. And if that work had already achieved classic status, then I’d probably be pretty happy with my lot and probably much more easy-going than my coloring-book-rejecting, achievement-loving child self. Anyway, until that happens, let’s take a look at some of the authors to whom this happened. Granted, the majority of them were deceased by the time crazed fans with successful writing careers of their own took it upon themselves to continue the stories.
Swedish author Frederik Colting 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. In the book, ‘Mr. C’ escapes from a nursing home and returns to Manhattan. Colting published the novel under the pseudonym John David California. The book can’t be published in the US or Canada until the copyright on Salinger’s classic expires. The Salinger estate, unsurprisingly, were not happy with it.
So, Jane Austen’s masterpiece has spawned approximately one million sequels, spin-offs, and ‘inspired-by’s in its time, but the generally accepted ‘official’ (though not actually) sequel is P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. The famed crime writer takes a darker spin on the classic tale and centers the plot around a murder at the stately home of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, with the dastardly Mr. Wickham as the prime suspect. Shounds shpooky. Want to go even shpookier? Why not try the somewhat clumsily titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith?
Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer was handpicked by Douglas Adams’ widow Jane Belson to pen And Another Thing…Colfer said of the experience: “I realized early on that I had to focus on the story and not worry about anything else. The danger was finding myself unable to get out of my own head because I was too aware of the legacy I was taking on writing the book.” In a review for the Observer, Euan Ferguson said “Colfer has pulled off the near-impossible.”
Mrs. de Winter by Susan Hill follows the protagonist of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic and her husband, Mr. de Winter as they return to England, a decade after the fire that destroyed their stately home, Manderley. Mrs. Danvers makes a comeback and, unsurprisingly, has not chilled out. No, she out for blood.
Perhaps one of the most beloved, respected, and generally lauded sequels-by-someone-else of all time, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea is actually a prequel to Jane Eyre. It explores the life of Charlotte Brontë’s ‘madwoman in the attic,’ prior to her life in England as Bertha. A widely studied postcolonial text, it follows Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress and her eventual marriage to an unpleasant English man. The book explores themes of displacement, gender relations, and colonialism. Everybody loves it because it’s smart and great.
So if the sequel/prequel was as good as Wide Sargasso Sea, I’d be pretty pleased with what my work has led to. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, though? I’m not so sure.