We’ve already had two films focussing on Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka – 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp – and now we’re getting an unnecessary prequel.
What’s left to tell about the Willy Wonka character that hasn’t been said before, and why do we need it to be a prequel? It’s yet another lazy creative decision by Hollywood and a way for Warner Bros. to use some of their existing IP. All the studios are battling Disney with its mammoth collection of properties and it would seem like Willy Wonka is prime material for a potential franchise starter.
I say Warner Bros. should throw caution to the wind and bring Johnny Depp back for a sequel. Now, isn’t that a good idea?