Published Oct 19, 2016It seems like a particularly crass move considering the recent passing of Gene Wilder, but Hollywood is revving up its remake machine once again to reboot the story of Willy Wonka.
As Variety reports, Warner Bros. has just picked up the intellectual property rights to Willy Wonka from the Roald Dahl Estate, with plans to tell a new story.
The film is being produced by Harry Potter producer David Heyman along with Dahl estate manager Michael Siegel. Its script is being handled by Simon Rich, who wrote The Secret Life of Pets.
Sources tell Variety that the film won't be an origin story for the character, but it will tell stories about his early adventures.
In addition to its beloved 1971 iteration, the story of Willy Wonka was retold in 2005 with Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.