Roald Dahl’s 1964 book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the adventure of young impoverished Charlie Bucket who gets the chance to tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and eventually becomes Wonka’s successor. The story and its characters have endured for over fifty years and have produced two successful film adaptations. Now, Variety reports that Warner Bros. and longtime “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman will revive the Wonka character for an upcoming film.
Sources tell Variety that Warners recently acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP and is currently planning a film focusing on the character. Former “Saturday Night Live” writer and “Man Seeking Woman” creator Simon Rich will pen the script that will apparently be a standalone film about Wonka’s early adventures that is not an origin story.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was first adapted into the 1971 musical “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring the late Gene Wilder as Wonka, one of the defining roles of his career. The other major adaptation was Tim Burton’s 2005 film starring Johnny Depp as Wonka.
Heyman previously produced every single “Harry Potter” film in the franchise, along with “Gravity,” “I Am Legend,” and “Paddington.” His latest film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” a spin-off and prequel of the “Harry Potter” series based on J.K. Rowling’s book by the same name, will be released in theaters on November 18.