There's a new Willy Wonka movie but without Johnny Depp

Laurence Mozafari
Photo credit: Wolper Pictures / The Quaker Oats Company / Paramount

From Digital Spy

Roald Dahl fans rejoice! We're FINALLY getting that Willy Wonka prequel movie that you may or may not have been asking for.

After Johnny Depp weirded up the place in that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reboot back in 2005, we're sure everyone has been desperate for a taste of Wonka's rise to megalomaniac confectionary fanatic, right? Right?

The new movie, which is likely to spawn a whole prequel franchise if Warner Bros has its way, does sound promising as it's enlisted Paddington's Paul King to direct (via The Hollywood Reporter), and he'll team up with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Simon Rich is on scripting duties (Secret Life of Pets).

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

It's unlikely that Depp will return for the role given the recent backlash to his Fantastic Beasts casting. Plus the fact it's a prequel movie focusing on Wonka's life before Charlie and co means a younger actor would make sense.

But what could it focus on?

Well, perhaps we'll see how Wonka rounded up all of the Oompa Loompas from Loompaland, a bizarre place that Gene Wilder recounted in the original 1971 movie.

Wonka describes the country as "nothing but desolate waste and fierce beasts and the poor little Oompa Loompas were so small they'd get gobbled up right and left".

He added: "A wangdoodle would eat 10 of them for breakfast and think nothing of it, so I said come and live with me in peace and safety, away from the all the Wangdoodles and Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers and rotten Vermicious Knids."

This was also shown during Depp's version back in 2005.

Meanwhile, there's also the book sequel The Great Glass Elevator, which sees Wonka and Charlie dealing with the aforementioned Vermicious Knids after riding the elevator up to a space station. Yep, really.

In other Dahl movie news, Warner Bros is also thought to have a version of his other classic, The Witches, in the works with Guillermo del Toro.

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