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New Willy Wonka film in the works, not an origin story or sequel

10.19.2016

So apparently there's going to be another Willy Wonka movie in the works from Warner Bros. studios. It speaks volumes of how jaded I am to Hollywood's strip-mining of IPs that I'm just glad it reportedly won't be a remake of the CHOCOLATE FACTORY story, nor will it be another f*cking origin story (great, we can find out the backstory to why he wears top hats! Yay! *barf*).

But what's really weird about this news is that Roald Dahl actually already wrote a sequel to his CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY book called CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR. Like, why not just make an adaptation of that? It seems odd that Warner Bros. is so intent on making an original Willy Wonka story, when one already exists. And although the new film is explicitly not an origin tale (which, to be fair, we saw in Tim Burton's mostly awful remake), it is nonetheless "a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures". So, it's still unnecessary prequel bullshit. Hell, in that case we might still get backstory on his goddamn top hat!

Now, look, I always like to keep an open mind. When I heard of a PLANET OF THE APES origin story, I was skeptical, just like when I heard of a thirty-year late sequel to MAD MAX. But both of those movies turned out awesome! So there's no reason this new Willy Wonka film can't be good. Just the odds are not in its favor.

So what are your guys' thoughts? And what burning questions would like answered from the Willy Wonka lore (since we all know this has "franchise" written all over it?)

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Extra Tidbit: There was an unfinished sequel book planned by Dahl called CHARLIE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. Seriously.
Source: Variety

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5:03PM on 10/20/2016
The Glass Elevator has some truly brilliant ideas in it, that make it even more memorable than the original story, honestly. It even manages to be a decent sci-fi story on top of all the whimsicalness.

I guess it's easier to sell merchandise when you don't feel pressured to include anti-consumerist morality tales in your movie...
The Glass Elevator has some truly brilliant ideas in it, that make it even more memorable than the original story, honestly. It even manages to be a decent sci-fi story on top of all the whimsicalness.

I guess it's easier to sell merchandise when you don't feel pressured to include anti-consumerist morality tales in your movie...
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7:34PM on 10/19/2016
Worth a neutral grey rating.
It all comes down to who is the director, who is in the cast etc.

To see Wonka done by someone who isn't Tim Burton will be interesting.
Worth a neutral grey rating.
It all comes down to who is the director, who is in the cast etc.

To see Wonka done by someone who isn't Tim Burton will be interesting.
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8:57PM on 10/19/2016
Agree with all.
Agree with all.
5:35PM on 10/19/2016

A jaded open mind

Have you read the charlie and the great glass elevator? Is it worth doing instead of this?
Have you read the charlie and the great glass elevator? Is it worth doing instead of this?
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4:45PM on 10/19/2016

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You started a sentence with "Like,". And seem a bit too critical. I know you're allowed your opinion, but lighten up guy. And never start a sentence with "Like,"
You started a sentence with "Like,". And seem a bit too critical. I know you're allowed your opinion, but lighten up guy. And never start a sentence with "Like,"
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8:57PM on 10/19/2016
You're complaining about a sentence beginning with the word "Like" and you're telling him to lighten up?
You're complaining about a sentence beginning with the word "Like" and you're telling him to lighten up?
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