Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory set for reboot as prequel

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After the recent death of screen icon Gene Wilder, it has been revealed that Hollywood is planning to reboot Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, starting with a prequel to a new franchise.

As Variety reports, the project is being led by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman – who has teamed up with Warner Bros, who recently bought the rights to the ‘Willy Wonka’ IP from the Roald Dahl estate.

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Manager of the estate Michael Siegel is also producing, while Kevin McCormick is exec producing and The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich is working on the script.

It is said that the film will tell the story of the ‘early adventures’ of Wonka and, if successful, will launch a franchise of films revolving around other characters from the original film and book – such as Charlie.

The original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory was released in 1971 and became not only an instant children’s classic, but one of Gene Wilder’s most enduring roles. Wilder passed away at his home in Stamford back in August, Connecticut as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

Coldplay honoured Wilder with a touching cover of ‘Pure Imagination’ in tribute.