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Paul King in talks to direct new Willy Wonka movie

Paul King in talks to direct new Willy Wonka movie

Wonka is the infamous and eccentric owner of a chocolate factory who figured prominently in Dahl's 1964 book and its follow-up, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

The wheels are officially in motion on the new Willy Wonka spinoff movie, with reports claiming that the studio is in talks with Paddington 2 director Paul King to helm the film. So when the film's director signs on for a new project that happens to have the title of Willy Wonka, it's kind of a big deal. King is in the midst of celebrating the second "Paddington" film, which has raked in over $200 million in the box office so far, and so Warner Bros. will be hoping for similar success if they do bring him on board.

Are you guys interested in Willy Wonka? But it's possibly an origin story. We're just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful.I think there's a lot in his character that suggests who he is and also where he might come from or what his childhood or his middle age might have been like. So we're exploring that.

Okay, so he says it's not a remake.

Some of Wonka's past was touched-on in Burton's film, which featured Wonka traumatized by his strict father, a dentist played by Christopher Lee. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that King is in final negotiations to direct the new take which is now known as "Willy Wonka".

Just like Augustus Gloop when he's asked to share his candies, 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. The story was turned into a film starring Gene Wilder in 1971. And there's some serious talent behind it.

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