Warner Bros. has been trying to bring back Willy Wonka for a few years now and it’s finally found the person for the job.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Paul King, the man behind one of the best-reviewed family films of all time—the recent Paddington 2—is in final negotiations to make a new film version of Willy Wonka.
David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films as well as Gravity and Paddington, is producing from a script by Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live, Inside Out).
Wonka was created by Roald Dahl in his 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
That, of course, then became a famous 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder, and a less than stellar 2005 movie starring Johnny Depp.
And while The Hollywood Reporter says Rich’s script is being kept under wraps, early reports suggested this movie might be a prequel to that famous Chocolate Factory storyline, following Wonka on another adventure.