It looks like Warner Bros. wants to bring back a cinematic and literary classic, as they are currently developing a prequel focused on Roald Dahl‘s Willy Wonka. Deadline has revealed that the production company and Roald Dahl Story Co.’s will explore the adventures of a young Willy Wonka before he created his iconic chocolate factory. It will feature musical numbers and continue the musical theme of the original film. That is not all, as Timothée Chalamet has been cast in the titular role of the crazy chocolatier. He has been in negotiation for some time, but as he will show off his singing and dancing skills, they needed to find time for training to ensure he can prep for the production. The film will be directed by Paul King based on a screenplay by Simon Farnaby. The script was also developed by prior writers Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson.
It will be the third adaption of the classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after Gene Wilder‘s 1971 version and then Johnny Depp in 2005. This incarnation of the famous childhood classic will be the first not to follow the story of Charlie Bucket. It is uncertain which direction they will take with this “origin story.” We could explore his childhood and what inspired him to take on the iconic mantle, or we’ll get to see a man explore the world and uncover candies that no one has ever seen before. At this point, anything is possible.