It has been almost 13 long years since Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory needlessly updated a beloved kids movie, and Warner Bros. has apparently decided that it’s now time for yet another update to the classic tale of a boy who gets rewarded for really liking candy—but not liking it so much that it’s weird. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paddington director Paul King is in talks to direct the new version of the well-told story, which is apparently called Willy Wonka to differentiate it from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. (The next remake will just be called Charlie.)
The script for this new and totally necessary version of the story is “being kept under wraps,” meaning we don’t know what about it will be different from the other movies, but maybe it’ll provide some new backstory for one of the characters. Surely Grandpa Joe went through some shit when he was a younger man, right? Or maybe this will be a straight-up prequel, focusing on a young Willy Wonka as he first takes out a business loan to start his candy company?
Either way, making a third Willy Wonka movie definitely seems like the sort of thing the Oompa-Loompas would have a song about.