Producer David Heyman (Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Paddington) has been speaking about the recently-announced Willy Wonka prequel movie, stressing that it will not a remake, but more of a prequel.
Talking to /Film, Heyman said, “It’s not a remake. They’ve done two films, quite different. But it’s possibly an origin story. We’re just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which is wonderful.
“It’s challenging because you don’t have Dahl, you don’t have a Dahl book, and yet you have a Dahl character. But I think there’s a lot in his character that suggests who he is and also where he might come from or what his childhood or his middle age might have been like. So we’re exploring that. We’re discussing it. We’re in the very early stages and very excited about what lies ahead.”
Simon Rich is the creator of the US sitcom Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel, which will premiere its third season in January 2017. He also been a prolific writer/producer on US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. Let’s hope he ignores all that syrupy nonsense Tim Burton came up with about Wonka’s early life in his version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005). And as we mentioned when this story first broke, the casting of Wonka is going to be crucial… depending on what age they aim for, our money is still on Ben Wishaw (he’s already worked with Heyman on Paddington).