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