The latest entry into the Willy Wonka universe will look nothing like any previous Wonka flick. The new report by Collider states that the new film will be a prequel.
While speaking on the press tour for Fantastic Beasts, David Heyman says that the latest film will be an origin film.
“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel,” Heyman revealed. “What makes Willy—when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away?”
“It’s how does he get there? So we’re playing around with that.”
Heyman hopes that this new iteration will see Paddington’s Paul King helming the project, although King is about to enter filming on Disney’s Pinocchio.
Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling and Ezra Miller have been shortlisted for the film, according to Collider. Earlier Heyman teased it to be an origin film with Simon Rich writing its script.
“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,” Heyman reflected. “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.”