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Paddington Director in Final Talks to Reboot Willy Wonka

Paddington Director in Final Talks to Reboot Willy Wonka

A Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reboot has been on the cards for some time, with Ryan Gosling's name attached to the project.

Of course, King has found massive critical and commercial sucess with the Paddington films and he seems like the ideal candidate to reopen the chocolate factory.

King is in final negotiations to direct the movie, being developed by Warner Bros, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Much like Tim Burton's surreal and slightly unusual remake with Depp, Willy Wonka will reportedly take the story in a new artistic direction. The film has a record 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes off of 185 reviews and has made over $205 million worldwide.

Now, EW have confirmed that "Paddington" director Paul King is in talks to step in as director on the new movie, reuniting him with Heyman following their collaboration on both of the "Paddington" movies.

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This would be the third take on Dahl's classic children's novel, after 1971's musical classic starring Gene Wilder and the weird 2005 adaptation starring Johnny Depp.

If that's not enough reason to get excited about the return of Willy Wonka, Charlie, Veruca, Violet, Augustus and Mike Teavee, the new film is also going to be produced by David Heyman.

Dahl's book also had a followup with Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the report makes it clear Warner Bros.is attempting to revitalize some of its properties.

While Warner Brothers is obviously thinking franchise, the involvement of King is certainly reason to be interested. Famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro wrote the script for the project, which is already grabbing attention from directors, including Chaos Walking helmer Robert Zemeckis.

For those unaware, Paddington and Paddington 2 are critical juggernauts.


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