“Paddington” director Paul King in talks to direct new Willy Wonka film

Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is being adapted to the big screen by Warner Bros.

The director who helmed the acclaimed Paddington movies is trading marmalade for chocolate. Paul King is in talks to direct Willy Wonka, an on-screen re-imagining of the classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

The network and King are in final negotiations; Warner Bros. first announced it was developing the project back in fall 2016. This also means that King would be reunited with David Heyman, the producer of the Paddington movies as well as Harry Potter movies.

Penned by Simon Rich the film will center on Wonka’s adventures prior to the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

The Paddington franchise is shaping out to be highly successful with the second installment earning a record breaking 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. If King and Warner Bros. team up, it looks like Dahl’s fans will get to enjoy another outstanding franchise.