Willy Wonka reboot in the works but there's a huge reason to be optimistic about it
The Oompa Loompas are coming back.
Warner Bros. are in talks with Paul King, director of the two Paddington films, to helm a reboot of Willy Wonka, based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Just like Augustus Gloop when he's asked to share his sweets, we know that people are fiercely protective of the beloved 1971 film but it's worth noting that Dahl himself has disowned that particular adaptation. Also, the film was recently remade in 2005 by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp in the main role.
Of course, King has found massive critical and commercial sucess with the Paddington films and he seems like the perfect candidate to reopen the chocolate factory. At present, the second Paddington film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 88% on Metacritic. That's remarkable.
If that's not enough reason to get excited about the return of Willy Wonka, Charlie, Veruca, Violet, Augustus and Mike Teavee, the new film is also going to be produced by David Heyman. He's the man responsible for overseeing the Harry Potter films and it's safe to say that he knows how to produce crowd-pleasing films while remaining faithful to the original source material.
With those two on board, we reckon film fans will be more than happy to enter "a world of pure imagination."