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With Gene Wilder barely cold in the grave comes news that his beloved “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” is getting a prequel. Who asked for that? Variety reports that the film will not exactly be an origin tale but will tell the story of Wonka’s early adventures, with the blessing of the estate of author Roald Dahl. (OK, I’ve always wondered exactly how he got those Oompa-Loompas. But still. Why mess with something so sweet?)
It’s brought to you by producer David Heyman and Warner Bros., the same team that built the Harry Potter film empire and the upcoming prequel franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” If Young Wonka is a hit (unlike the remake starring a strange Johnny Depp), it could spawn all sorts of sequels featuring other characters. How Augustus Gloop fought obesity his entire young life? How Veruca Salt’s parents failed so miserably at parenting? Oh, the possibilities.
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