Paddington 1 & 2 helmsman Paul King is in final negotiations to direct a Willy Wonka movie for Warner Bros. Pictures, with the studio’s Guillermo del Toro penned The Witches script similarly attracting interest from directors. Both projects are of course based on children’s novels by the beloved author Roald Dahl, and have been adapted to film in the past. Eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka in particular was famously portrayed by the late Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, before Johnny Depp played him thirty-four years later in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation.

The Witches was adapted by director Nicolas Roeg and the ...

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