Willy Wonka Prequel Gets The Green Light

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Warner Brothers Pictures has officially purchased the golden rights.

Warner Bros is celebrating hump day with the announcement of a Willy Wonka reboot!

While few details have emerged, it is known that the Warner Bros Pictures studio has officially purchased the rights for a prequel from the Roald Dahl Estate. The uber-famous film's prequel is set to be produced by David Heyman, a former Harry Potter producer. The manager of the Roald Dahl Estate, Michael Siegel, will also produce the movie alongside Heyman.

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The screenplay will be written by Simon Rich whose most recent project was The Secret Life of Pets and the project will be overseen by Jon Gonda and Courtenay Valenti. The storyline will surround main character Willy Wonka's early life and give viewers a peek into how the candyman came to be.

As for the cast, this is largely unknown. Gene Wilder played Wonka in 1971 and passed away at the age of 83 this past August. When he was first cast for the role, he said in a letter to Mel Stuart, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp." He continued by saying, "After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I'm walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realise that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause. From that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth".

In the 2005 remake, Johnny Depp took on the iconic role.

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