Remember the golden ticket? Well, it’s not golden anymore. It’s cigarette-stained yellow and if you find it, your only prize is a kick in the nuts by an angry, unemployed Oompa Loompa.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka IP from the Roald Dahl estate, and they are developing a new film centered around the classic character. The reports claim the studio has been fighting hard for the rights all year and were finally able to close the deal earlier this fall.
Screenwriter Simon Rich (Secret Life of Pets) will be writing the script. The film will reportedly focus on Wonka and his early adventures. So watch out for a teen version of Wonka played by Justin Bieber.
As most of you know, Wonka has been featured on the big screen twice before. Once with Johnny Depp in 2005, and the original/best 1971 version starring the late Gene Wilder.
I guess the only good news is that this isn’t a sequel, although, it sounds like it might be classified as a prequel, which has the potential to be even worse.
But hey, I’m just being a cynical douchebag. At least the project has a good studio and writer behind it. Maybe it won’t be so bad. We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.