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Harry Potter fans, this Roald Dahl collaboration is going to rock your world…

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Roald Dahl and JK Rowling have never met, but they’ve more in common than you may have guessed.

Yes, they are both successful children’s authors, transporting millions of fans to the magical and marvellous world of their imagination, and, yes, they have both had their work adapted for the silver screen.

But now their bond is set to get even closer, as the very same team of people who brought JK Rowling’s wizarding world to cinemas everywhere are set to work on a brand-new Willy Wonka movie.


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That’s right; Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them producer David Heyman is to work with Warner Bros. to bring a prequel to the magical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to screens.

However it will not be your typical "origins" story.

Variety, who reported the exciting development, has explained that the film will be “a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures”.

This has left many fans hoping that this could be the start of a new chocolatey adventure, with beloved characters such as Charlie Bucket (and his entire family – after all, Grandpa Joe was a fan of Wonka’s Chocolates long before his grandson came along) popping up in “future installments of a possible franchise” .


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Reports have added that Warner Brothers has already secured the rights to the Wonka property from the estate of Roald Dahl - and they’ve lined up Simon Rich, who brought us the successful Secret Life of Pets earlier this year, to work on the screenplay.

There’s no word yet on who will be donning Wonka’s infamous plum-coloured velvet jacket and emerald-green top hat just yet, although whoever it is will have some pretty big shoes to fill.

After all, the role was previously played to perfection by the late Gene Wilder in the 1971 adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – and Johnny Depp added his own dark twist to a Tim Burton version in 2005.

It may give the studio the chance to redress Dahl’s reservations about the cinematic versions of the magical chocolate factory owner; as according to a 2010 biography by his friend David Sturrock, the author was never a fan of the original movie adaptation.

“I think he felt Wonka was a very British eccentric," Sturrock told Yahoo!

“Gene Wilder was rather too soft... His voice is very light and he’s got that rather cherubic, sweet face. I think [Roald] felt…there was something wrong with [Wonka’s] soul in the movie – it just wasn’t how he imagined the lines being spoken.”


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He added: “Roald eventually came to tolerate the film, acknowledging that were 'many good things' in it.

“But he never liked it.”

There is, as yet, no release date for the Willy Wonka prequel. However, as Harry Potter is often lauded as the best book-to-screen adaptation of all time, it's safe to say that Dahl's work is in very good hands indeed...

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