October 19, 2016


A 'Willy Wonka' Prequel Movie Is in the Works

Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The candy man is coming back.

Variety reports that the rights to Willy Wonka have been acquired by a new owner and future films around the eccentric chocolate factory owner are being planned. Warner Bros. and producer David Heyman bought the rights from the Roald Dahl Estate, marking the team's latest venture after rebooting the Harry Potter franchise with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. Variety adds that The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich will handle the script.

According to Variety's sources, the film "will not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures." So, if the adventures prove exciting enough, expect a new, inescapable slew of movies.

The first project has no release yet date. It will arrive more than a decade after the most recent reboot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which came in 2005 and starred Johnny Depp and was directed by Tim Burton. Original Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder died on Aug. 29 of this year.

If all this Wonka talk has got you feeling nostalgic, take a listen to Fuse's new throwback podcast Besterday, where Bianca Gracie and Emilee Lindner talk all things classic music, movies, TV, pop culture and beyond: