Paul King in talks to direct new Willy Wonka movie

Willy Wonka

The Johnny Depp-starring remake by Tim Burton is widely considered as a bit of a misstep, though it does benefit from having the Oompa Loompa sing versions of the songs from the book in all their misanthropic glory.

When King signs on the dotted line (a fast-approaching eventuality, as the outlet notes he's in "final negotiations" to board the project), he'll be reunited with Paddington film franchise producer David Heyman. Paddington 2 is now the highest rated movie in the history of Rotten Tomatoes, so what I'm saying is you should go see it immediately. The second film, after 176 positive reviews, still holds strong at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that King is in final negotiations to direct the new take which is now known as "Willy Wonka". The script was written by Simon Rich who recently penned The Secret Life of Pets. The new Willy Wonka is part of an initiative by Warner Bros.to reboot various Dahl properties, like The Witches, which is now in development with a script by Guillermo del Toro. He's the man responsible for overseeing the Harry Potter films and it's safe to say that he knows how to produce crowd-pleasing films while remaining faithful to the original source material.

The question is, do we need another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie? Based on the classic books, these movies have brought kindness and cleverness back to the forefront of children's films (a relief after offerings like The Emoji Movie), providing entertainment for families that delight across generations. Notable other works of the author include James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG. King's penchant for whimsy seems like a good way to get there, too.