– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ew, gross! Another unnecessary reboot? Yes, that’s definitely the trend going on in Hollywood, but just because a remake, reboot, or reimagining, it doesn’t mean there is absolutely no joy to be had from said film. I would point to such films as Scarface and Spider-Man: Homecoming as evidence of that.

One of the many films to be getting the remake treatment is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…sort of. According to THR, director Paul King is set to helm the Roald Dahl classic for a new film entitled Willy Wonka. As the title indicates, this will likely not be a strict adaptation of the original novel, but a different take altogether.

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The last time we saw a remake of this property was almost 15 years ago with the Tim Burton remake, starring Johnny Depp. While I personally felt that movie got a bad rap, a lot of folks didn’t care for that movie, and since it didn’t live up to the original, it makes sense that we’d do everything at all costs to avoid another remake.

But in this case, I may make an exception. For those who don’t know, Paul King is the director of the exceptionally charming Paddington movies, the most recent of which didn’t receive a single negative review on Rotten Tomatoes. Why not give the guy who’s done so well with that property another shot at an iconic British story?

While this film will likely not hold a candle to the original Gene Wilder film (because it’s great…and nostalgia is a hell of a drug), there could still be a lot of joy to be mined in the right hands.

What do you think of Paul King directing a Willy Wonka film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Ryan Fink

    As a huge fan of the original and a big fan of Wilder’s, it’s Too early to comment. Need to know more.

  • jonathing

    why why mess and dilute the magicof the first one

  • Tonk99

    Can’t stand the original and the Depp version looks even worse. Please stop. What more needs to be said about a Paedo with a Chocolate Factory?

  • Victor Roa

    it’s not that it’s too soon from the depp, but we seen like 3 different candy designs. This is identical to the Grinch hopping from 3 different studios

  • Smerdyakov

    Child killer Wonka strikes again.

  • Kronx

    I don’t know, part of me wants to Guillermo del Toro do it.

  • Rez

    if anything do just on his childhood….not another remake please!!

  • J-man The Great

    I can’t wait to not see this!

  • Scott Caudill

    Why can’t someone just make Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. That hasn’t been done yet.

    • Harold and Maude’Dib

      Woops, just wrote this above, didn’t see it!

  • FeixPunk

    Maybe an origin story of sorts? Show us the vicious Kanids. I could get behind an adventure film of Wonka leading up to the shuttering of the factory and the contest.

    • Derek NOLA

      yeah this works for me.. giving the name of the movie it seems like this may be the case.. also whoever does this film needs to use less cgi and more real sets like the original

  • Kindofabigdeal

    This can go on that scrap of projects next to Gollums Jungle Book movie. Why do we need so many iterations of the same story. I’d rather he do a live action James and the Giant Peach.

  • Harold and Maude’Dib

    Why not just do the sequel? Dahl wrote another book. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.