‘Paddington’s’ Paul King in Talks to Direct ‘Willy Wonka’

Warner Bros. is taking another shot at the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The studio may hand out a golden ticket to Paddington director Paul King. He is currently in negotiations to helm the third go round of the film, titled Willy Wonka.

The story follows Charlie as he receives a golden ticket to tour the eccentric Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

It was first made into Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971, with Gene Wilder memorably playing Wonka.

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Paul King (left) on the set of Paddington. Source: Film School Rejects

It received a second adaptation in 2005 with Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore starring in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

King would once again work with Paddington producer David Heyman, while the script is being written by Simon Rich.

The Paddington movies are very popular and well received with the second movie currently in theaters and racking up $212 million worldwide.

Are you interested in a new Willy Wonka? Who would you cast in the title role?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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