Paddington's Paul King in talks to direct Warner Bros.' Willy Wonka reboot

Paddington's Paul King in talks to direct Warner Bros.' Willy Wonka reboot

Paddington's Paul King in talks to direct Warner Bros.' Willy Wonka reboot

Wonka is the fictional infamous and eccentric owner of a chocolate factory who figured prominently in Dahl's 1964 book and its follow-up, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.He was also the caretaker of the Oompa-Loompas, the short humans whom Wonka saved from enemies in Loompaland and now makes his sweets.

For those unaware, Paddington and Paddington 2 are critical juggernauts. At present, the second Paddington film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 88% on Metacritic. Paddington's David Heyman is also on board as a producer on the film, which could be King's next movie.

The first film, starring Gene Wilder as Wonka, is the brightly-coloured staple of many a childhood, including mine. Honed on cult British comedy show The Mighty Boosh and brought to breathtaking scale in the Paddingtons, King's directing leans towards the mischievous and weird, achieving results with imaginative staging and old-school filmmaking tricks rather than visual effects (though he's no stranger to those either). And reports stemming from EW state that King is in final talks with Warner Bros.to possibly rebooting the iconic Wonka franchise.

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The question is, do we need another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie? Another adaptation of Dahl's work "The Witches" is also in the works at the studio with a script from Guillermo del Toro. Notable other works of the author include James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG.

King's involvement in Willy Wonka is one of the first public pieces of news about the film, which now has no release date or casting information to speak of. King's penchant for whimsy seems like a good way to get there, too.

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