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Paddingting director, Paul King in final talks with Warner Bros to take the helm on Willy Wonka

Author: Zehra Phelan

Paddington helmer, Paul King can do no wrong after the latest adventures of the Marmalade scoffing bear, so to hear the latest news that he is currently in final talks with Warner Bros to direct the reimaging the age-old classic Willy Wonka makes us very happy.

The 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film was adapted from the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film told the story of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

We spoke to Paul recently at the Critics Circle Awards about the success of the Paddington movies

In 2005, Tim Burton took the helm on the remake which starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
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Paddington helmer Paul King in talks to direct Willy Wonka

If you cast your mind back to October 2016, you may recall that Warner Bros. had picked up the rights to Willy Wonka from the estate of Roald Dahl, tapping Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman to develop a prequel movie based upon the classic character.

Well, according to THR, the project is now picking up pace and has found itself a director in Paul King, helmer of Paddington and Paddington 2, both of which were also produced by Heyman. King is said to be in final negotiations to sign on to the project, which has been scripted by Simon Rich.

Details on the project are being kept tightly under wraps, but it is being eyed as a potential franchise launcher. If rumours are to be believed, Ryan Gosling is keen on taking on the role of Wonka, previously portrayed by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

King’s most recent
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Movie News: New 'Willy Wonka' on Its Way; Michael Fassbender to Star in 'Kung Fury'

Willy Wonka: A "re-imagining" of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on its way. Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) is in final negotiations to direct Willy Wonka, based on a screenplay by Simon Rich (Inside Out). Reportedly, the hope is to launch "a new franchise that will stand out artistically." First published in 1964, Dahl's novel served as the basis for the beloved musical fantasy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, above), starring Gene Wilder, as well as Tim Burton's 2005 version, starring Johnny Depp. [THR]   Kung Fury: Michael Fassbender (above in The Snowman) will star in the action-comedy Kung Fury. It's a sequel to the same-titled, outlandishly funny and entertaining short film, written and...
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‘Paddington’ Series Director Paul King May Direct ‘Willy Wonka’ Movie

Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King is in active talks to direct the Willy Wonka movie over at Warner Bros. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who reported the news, the film is a reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paddington‘s David Heyman is also on board as a producer on the film, which could be King’s next movie.

The book tells the famous story of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket, and Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory.

Mr. Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens his gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await – Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his!

Simon Rich wrote the new script for the film, the material on which it
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Film News Roundup: ‘Willy Wonka’ Reboot in the Works With ‘Paddington’ Director

Film News Roundup: ‘Willy Wonka’ Reboot in the Works With ‘Paddington’ Director
In today’s film news roundup, the director of the “Paddington” films is in talks for a “Willy Wonka” reboot, Wizard World and Sony Pictures form a partnership, and documentary “Calling All Earthlings” gets distribution.

Wonka Deal

Warner Bros. is in talks with Paul King, director of the two “Paddington” movies, to helm a reboot of “Willy Wonka,” based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

The project is being produced by David Heyman, producer of the “Paddington” and Harry Potter movies. Simon Rich wrote the new script.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” published in 1964, centers on 11-year-old Charlie Bucket and the legendary and eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, who has decided to re-open his factory and allows five children to come on a tour of the factory after finding a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar.

Gene Wilder portrayed Wonka in the 1971 film adaptation titled “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Willy Wonka Reboot Targets Paddington Director Paul King

Warner Bros. is in final negotiations with Paddington 2 director Paul King, to take the helm on a new Willy Wonka movie. Back in October 2016, the studio had acquired the rights to the franchise setting Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets) to write the screenplay for the movie, which was said to be a prequel following Willy Wonka's "early adventures." While this new report doesn't make any mention of this project being a "prequel," only stating that it's a "reimagining of Roald Dahl's classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Simon Rich is mentioned as the screenwriter, along with producer David Heyman, who was mentioned in the original story from 2016, so it seems like it is the same project.

The original report from October 2016 revealed that Warner Bros. spent most of that year trying to acquire the franchise rights from the estate of late author Roald Dahl, with David Heyman and Michael Siegel,
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‘Willy Wonka’ Reimagining Coming From ‘Paddington’ Director

‘Willy Wonka’ Reimagining Coming From ‘Paddington’ Director
Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Paul King, the director […]

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Willy Wonka Movie & Guillermo del Toro’s The Witches Attract Directors

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.
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Gilda Radner Documentary ‘Love, Gilda’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Gilda Radner Documentary ‘Love, Gilda’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival will launch its 17th edition with the world premiere of the Gilda Radner documentary “Love, Gilda” on April 18.

CNN Films is presenting “Love, Gilda,” which will screen at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures. It’s directed and produced by Lisa D’Apolito with the support of the Gilda Radner estate.

The film is told in Radner’s own words. It weaves together audiotapes, home movies, diary entries, and interviews with her friends and those inspired by her, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong; “Saturday Night Live” original cast members Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman, and original music director Paul Shaffer; as well as “SNL” creator and producer Lorne Michaels, “SNL” writer Alan Zweibel, composer Stephen Schwartz, Second City CEO Andrew Alexander, and longtime friend Martin Short.

Radner was as an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from
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Tribeca Film Festival Set to Open With Gilda Radner-Focused Documentary ‘Love, Gilda’

Tribeca Film Festival Set to Open With Gilda Radner-Focused Documentary ‘Love, Gilda’
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will open with an appropriately New York City-centric film: Lisa D’Apolito’s fully authorized Gilda Radner documentary “Love, Gilda,” billed as an “intimate portrait” of the beloved comedy legend and original “Saturday Night Live” star. The film’s world premiere will open the festival on Wednesday, April 18 with an opening night event at the Beacon Theatre. This year’s festival runs April 18 – 29.

The film is directed and produced by D’Apolito with the support of the Gilda Radner estate, and the festival touts it as “a true autobiography of a pioneering woman, told in her own words and in her own voice.” Radner passed away from cancer in 1989.

The new documentary includes audiotapes, rare home movies, and diary entries from Radner herself, along with interviews with her friends and those inspired by her, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong, Chevy Chase,
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Tribeca 2018 announces opening night selection

Festival set to run in New York City from April 18-29.

The world premiere of Love, Gilda will open the 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, festival brass announced on Tuesday (February 6).

The CNN Films documentary follows the career and impact of Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Gilda Radner and is produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures.

Radner was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) who famously poked fun at television presenter stereotypes. She was married to Gene Wilder until her death from ovarian cancer in 1989 at the age of 42.

Director Lisa D’Apolito uses audiotapes, home movies, diary entries, and interviews with those who knew Radner, among them SNL alumni Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong. Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer, and Lorne Michaels also feature in the documentary. Submarine handles sales.

“As a festival that has always supported women’s voices and is largely
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Why Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka is the Best Character in any Movie Ever

So why would anyone claim that Willy Wonka is the best character in any movie ever? Gene Wilder, that’s why. A lot of younger folks these days don’t really know who Gene Wilder was and what all he did for the movies. His style of comedy and acting was very different from a lot of people that have graced Hollywood with their presence since his time, and yet it still stands as a testament to what a real actor should have aspired to back in the day. The reason why Willy Wonka was so special however is that Wilder did

Why Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka is the Best Character in any Movie Ever
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John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91

John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91
John Morris, Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning composer for many of the classic Mel Brooks comedies including “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” died Thursday at his home in Red Hook, N.Y. He was 91.

Morris was Oscar-nominated for co-writing, with Brooks, the title song for “Blazing Saddles” – a sendup of classic movie cowboy tunes sung by Frankie Laine for the opening of Brooks’ 1974 film. Morris was nominated again in 1980 for his dramatic score for the Brooks-produced “The Elephant Man.”

Morris served as Brooks’ composer beginning with “The Producers” in 1967; he wrote the original arrangement for Brooks’ famous “Springtime for Hitler” song, and composed the rest of the underscore.

Morris’ most famous score is undoubtedly “Young Frankenstein,” for which he composed a memorable violin theme that plays a key role in the story. Under the title “Transylvanian Lullaby,” it has even been performed by top classical artists from violinist Gil Shaham to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The composer
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That Time James Corden Spanked Donald Trump Live on Stage (Video)

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That Time James Corden Spanked Donald Trump Live on Stage (Video)
Porn star Stormy Daniels isn’t the only one who (allegedly) chased Donald Trump around to “get him.” James Corden just told Stephen Colbert about the time he spanked Trump live on stage back in 2012, when the “Late Late Show” host starred in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” “There used to be a bit in the play– throughout the whole play, I would talk to the audience and bring people out of the audience and things like that,” Corden started his story last night. Though other famous folks like Steve Martin and Gene Wilder came out and willingly participated in the show, Corden...
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Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86

Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86
Terence Marsh, the Academy Award-winning art director and production designer behind “Doctor Zhivago,” “Oliver!,” and “The Shawshank Redemption” died in his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home on Jan. 9 after battling cancer for four years. He was 86.

Marsh shared two Oscar wins for his work as art director on David Lean’s sprawling epic “Dr. Zhivago” and on Charles Dickens period piece “Oliver!,” directed by Carol Reed. He also received Academy Award nominations as production designer for “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Scrooge.”

He was nominated for three BAFTA Awards for “The Hunt for Red October,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Scrooge.” Throughout his career, he collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Sydney Pollack and John Huston. Among the other films he worked on as production designer and art director were “The Green Mile,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Absence of Malice” and “A Touch of Class.”

Marsh produced, wrote, and acted in some of his films. He designed
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Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86

Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86
Terence Marsh, the two-time Oscar-winning production designer and art director whose credits included The Shawshank Redemption and Doctor Zhivago, has died at the age of 86 following a battle with cancer.

Across a more than 50-year career, the UK-born Marsh worked on a host of award-winning films with directors including David Lean, Sydney Pollack, John Huston, Carol Reed, Fred Zinnemann and Frank Darabont.

He won two Oscars for his work as an art director on David Lean’s romantic epic Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed’s 1968 musical Oliver!, and was nominated for three Baftas.

Marsh began his career as a draughtsman at Pinewood Studios, where he honed his talents in production design. In 1960, he was hired to work as assistant art director on Lawrence Of Arabia.

After re-locating to Los Angeles in 1975, his credits included A Bridge Too Far, Spaceballs, The Hunt For
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The One Condition Gene Wilder Needed Met to Play Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory would have been good as it was, but with Gene Wilder it was even better. He had just one stipulation though for playing the titular role and it was something that no one really understood until he explained it. In fact if not for Wilder, Willy Wonka might have been a lot different character than we got to see in the original. He might have been someone morel like Johnny Depp’s version which was, well, creepy and more like Edward Scissorhands meets the local candy man. Even Wilder’s version was a bit dark in

The One Condition Gene Wilder Needed Met to Play Willy Wonka
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Gene Wilder's Widow Pens a Touching, Candid, Heartfelt Letter about His Alzheimer’s Disease

My grandma had Alzheimer’s Disease. In the years before she passed away, every time I visited her, she became less and less like the person I had come to know and love throughout my life. It was especially hard when she forgot who I was and who her kids were. She was still very sweet, though, and at times her true self would shine through.

Just in case you need a little recap of what Alzheimer's disease is, it's a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. One of my favorite actors of all time, Gene Wilder, suffered from this illness, and his widow, Karen Wilder, recently opened up about what it was like for her and Gene after he was diagnosed with it.

I know this is a geek site, but this was such a touching, candid, and heartfelt letter that I wanted to share.
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Gene Wilder’s Widow Pens Heartbreaking Essay On His Alzheimer’s Battle

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Just over a year after his death, Gene Wilder’s widow is opening up about his battle with Alzheimer’s. The legendary actor and comedian died on Aug. 29, 2016 at 83, years after he was diagnosed with the disease. In her essay for ABC News, Karen Wilder reflects on her romance with Gene, and the difficult last few years […]
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Gene Wilder's Widow Recalls Late Actor's Alzheimer's Battle

Gene Wilder's Widow Recalls Late Actor's Alzheimer's Battle
Gene Wilder's widow, Karen Wilder, penned an emotional essay for ABC News about her late husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease. She praised ongoing efforts to fight the disease and also called for greater recognition of patient caregivers. Wilder died last August at 83.

In her essay, Karen Wilder noted that one in three seniors dies from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, but the disease also takes a toll elsewhere. She cited a Stanford Medicine study that showed 40 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers die before their patient, "not from disease, but from the sheer physical,
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