Less than two months after the death of original Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder, it looks like a new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie could be on the way.
But unlike the last two flicks to be inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book, the potential reboot will explore Willy Wonka’s mysterious past.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. are joining forces with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer, David Heyman, to create a movie which centres on Willy Wonka himself.
Sources say the entertainment giant has already acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl Estate, but currently it is unclear as to which of the novel’s other characters will make an appearance in the film.
While many are eager to learn where the legendary chocolatier actually came from, others have taken to Twitter in opposition of move.
Many online commentators say no version of the film could live up to the original 1971 version, while others believe the movie industry as a whole needs to focus on developing new characters instead of placing classic personas in new situations.
Heres what I think about the Willy wonka prequel happening pic.twitter.com/uiJ6cskwvW
— Mo Cali Style (@iZombieChips) October 20, 2016
— Dee Bennett (@DeeBennett_) October 20, 2016
@empiremagazine Yes because the other Willy Wonka film was a great idea…. Sigh…
— Chris Swinton (@Keawyeds) October 20, 2016
— BeefyComb (@BeefyComb) October 20, 2016
The guy just died and you want to make money while you have the chance, seriously bro? #WillyWonka
— Benita (@BenitaVerdi) October 20, 2016
Willy Wonka is trending & bummed to see it's for another reboot. 1st remake stomped on a classic, not impressed at idea of a 2nd one
— VikyJ (@enjoythelaughs) October 20, 2016
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