In 2016, Geekedable reported that Warner Brothers had acquired the rights to the Dahl estate’s famous work: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and was working on a prequel story that would focus on the origin of the popular chocolatier, Willy Wonka. There has been little development of the project, but it is now being circulated that Paul King is in the final negotiations to be brought on as director.
King has directed both Paddington and Paddington 2 and is scheduled to direct Paddington 3. Paddington 2 is enjoying positive reviews and earned over 200 million at the Box Office. It was previously announced that David Heyman had been brought on as producer. Heyman also produced the Paddington films and has worked with King previously. Simon Rich, writer for Inside Out and Saturday Night Live, is attached to the project to write the screenplay.
There are currently no other details for the project, though it is listed as pre-production. A film adaptation of the Dahl novel first hit the big screen in 1971 with the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, famously starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. In 2005, Warner Bros. adapted the book under the original title Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp.