Growing up, one of my favourite books to read was Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Second to The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, actually.
Having seen the original film version 10 times, and having relished the reprises role of Willy Wonka by Johnny Depp decades later, my fix for all things Dahl has regularly been satiated.
Now comes the news that a Willy Wonka prequel movie is in the works.
Following on from the reboot in 2005, the madcap, control-freak confectionary fanatic will be brought to life again; this time focusing on his early days and the making of a megalomaniac.
Indeed, Warner Bros, which is the production company behind the prequel, is actually hoping for a slew of Wonka films. That’s right, prequel after prequel.
It’s unlikely Johnny Depp will return to the role of Willy Wonka, since he gotten all that backlash from recent films like Mortdecai and Fantastic Beasts. Also, since the film will focus on Wonka’s early days means casting a younger actor would make more sense.
What may be even more interesting if, in future movies, producers could go into the future and see what eventuates for the five main protagonists in the original story. Would Mike Teevee go on to become a world-class news anchor? Would Violet Beauregarde go on to spawn a bunch of kids as vain as their mom (ie: most likely in this age infatuated with selfie-taking).
Whatever lays ahead, we’re happy to hear some of Roald Dahl’s most fabulous characters won’t be remaining on the shelf collecting dust.
Instead, expect to see Willy Wonka and Co come to life, with special FX aplenty courtesy of the makers of the Harry Potter and Paddington movies.
In other news related to Roald Dahl, Warner Bros is also thinking about creating a film based on The Witches, handing the director baton over to Guillermo del Toro.
Antonino Tati & Lisa Andrews