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Willy Wonka set for big screen revival by Harry Potter team

Willy Wonka

Story by Jack Foley

ROALD Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory looks set to be making a big screen comeback… of sorts.

According to Variety, Harry Potter producer David Heyman is planning a new film based around the character of Willy Wonka, the chocolate mogul at the centre of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and its sequel, Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator.

However, the film will not be an adaptation of the books but rather a standalone film focused on Wonka’s early adventures – albeit not an origins story.

It is being envisaged as a possible franchise, however, which could lead to big screen revivals for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory somewhere along the line.

Wonka was last played on screen by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 2005 blockbuster Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

But the original cinematic Willy Wonka was played by the late Gene Wilder, who played the character in the 1971 adaptation. Wilder died in August this year at the age of 83 from complications from Alzheimer’s.

No cast has been announced for the new film, which also has yet to receive a release date or director. Simon Rich, who penned the animated hit The Secret Life of Pets, is handling the screenplay.

Heyman has experience in rebooting franchises having produced the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which serves as a prequel to Harry Potter, taking place 70 years before Potter ventured to Hogwarts.

He is also the man behind the Paddington franchise, the second of which has gone into production this week.

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