Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. has announced that a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, titled Wonka, will be released on March 17, 2023.
Paddington director Paul King is helming the prequel. David Heyman (Harry Potter) is producing, with Simon Rich penning the original draft. King and Simon Farnaby wrote the current draft of the script.
Warner Bros. hopes to begin casting for the film soon. Heyman has been attached to the project since 2016.
Filmmaker Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) is set to write, direct and executive produce an animated series based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a second series that follows the Oompa-Loompas.