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

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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?)

Source: Variety

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