Will Wonka had already had two opportunities to shine on the big screen. He was first played by Gene Wilder in 1971, then Johnny Depp followed in 2005. You’d think that would have us covered until Hollywood decided to remake Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tale 30-40 years in the future, Before that, it announced that Warner Brothers was doing a prequel, explores Wonka’s young age. Now according to the producers of the film, the story may be the origin of a straightforward story.
David Heyman made sure to clarify during an interview with Slashfilm that the new Willy Wonka movie will not remake either of its predecessors, but did suggest that moviegoers may see the tale of how William J. Wonka (I guessed on the middle initial) became the eccentric candyman. Herman 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.
Given that Simon Rich (who wrote The Secret Life of Pets) is early into the drafting process, it may be a while until he and the other creative minds iron out the story details. That said, this revelation conflicts with what we previously learned about the project. When the first report broke out about Warner Bros tackling a younger Willy Wonka, it was described as a standalone tale focused on his “early adventures.” Origin story is definitely belong to the broad category, while the same report said that the film does not show how Wonka development from adversity, and developed his hobby candy candy or some along these lines. The direction is not leave the table.
Although Heyman wasn’t willing to disclose any specific plot details about this Willy Wonka prequel, he did say it’s probably not going to draw on any plot points from Roald Dahl’s books. He explained:
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.
The funny thing about the possibility of this new Willy Wonka movie potentially being an origin story is that this was territory covered in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Thanks to those frequent flashbacks, we learned that young Willy’s father was a dentist who wouldn’t let him eat candy in order to keep his teeth in pristine condition. When the young man finally managed to get a taste, his obsession with skyrocketing, he ran out of the house to learn how to make the best candy in the world. Why do you want to spend the entire movie Wonka in his childhood, when an idea of what the film spent a lot of time to explore that part of his life?
We will tell you the new willy wonka film how to progress, because more news comes, but Simon rick certainly need to think outside the box, to make this unique and interesting story.