Willy Wonka still happens to be one of 1970’s cinema’s most interesting characters, being referenced in memes, subjected to remakes, and now upcoming projects.
Being in development over the last few years, the project has made very little progress, however, producer David Heyman confirmed suspicions that the movie will indeed be an origin story of the mysterious confectioner.
Although fans have yet to see any sort of casting being done, or really any sort of tangible production underway, it is still reassuring that the project is still happening and has a direction in mind. The only definite elements of the upcoming Willy Wonka film are that Paddington director Paul King will be helming the project and that the prequel will be an original story not adapted from any of Roald Dahl’s books.
While promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in an interview with Collider, producer David Heyman said:
“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel. What makes Willy—when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away?… It’s how does he get there? So we’re playing around with that.”
Granted, some actors have been shortlisted for the film—including Donald Glover and Ryan Gosling, no official choice has been made. With the screenplay still in the works, it will eventually be interesting to see what kind of background Willy Wonka came from.