There’s a Willy Wonka prequel movie in the works

Warner Bros will explore the chocolatier's early years

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Right, OK, sure. After extending Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into five (five!) films, Warner Brothers are looking to delve into another icon of children’s literature. 

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Variety reports that the studio will produce a movie on the early life of Willy Wonka, from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. According to their sources, it will “not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures.” It goes on to speculate that familiar characters like Charlie could appear in later editions of the ‘franchise’.

The timing is a little odd. Not only was the last version of Willy Wonka seen on screen only ten years ago – in Tim Burton’s unfortunate adaptation – but Gene Wilder only died on August 29th. Nevertheless, they are well loved books and anything that introduces them to new generations of children is to be welcomed.

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God knows what they’re going to do with the Oompa Loompas.