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Paddington's Paul King in talks to direct Warner Bros.' Willy Wonka reboot

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Feb 12, 2018

The director of the popular Paddington movies may now be turning his talents to another adaptation of a beloved children's novel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul King, who directed both Paddington and its recently released, much-loved sequel Paddington 2, is in talks to helm Willy Wonka, Warner Bros.' new film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

If King takes the directing gig, he'll be teaming up with his producer from the Paddington films, David Heyman. Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live) has written the script for the project.

This would be the latest revamp of Dahl's book about the eccentric chocolate maker. Gene Wilder played the role of Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and then Johnny Depp portrayed the character in 2005, when it was retitled as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Willy Wonka represents the latest creative overhaul from Warner Bros. when it comes to finding new takes on some of their classic titles. That includes a Guillermo del Toro-penned script for one of Dahl's other novels, The Witches, which is still seeking a director. Given the success of Paddington and its sequel -- which Warner Bros. took over from the Weinstein Co. last November -- it appears that the studio is looking to King to help breathe new life into a familiar story.

Let us know in the comments what you think of this latest reboot, and who you'd like to see play Mr. Wonka this time around.