Paddington 2 director Paul King is now in final talks to direct the next big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka 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.
A cinematic universe based on the massively successful Call of Duty video game franchise could soon be a thing as Activision Blizzard Studios, the film division of interactive entertainment company Activision Blizzard, is in negotiations with Sicario 2: Soldado director Stefano Sollima to helm the studio's first Call of Duty adaptation.
Dahl's book also had a followup with Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the report makes it clear Warner Bros.is attempting to revitalize some of its properties.
Of course, King has found massive critical and commercial sucess with the Paddington films and he seems like the ideal candidate to reopen the chocolate factory. And new leadership overseeing the DC-based movies is also meant to steer that slate in new directions.
Anywho, if you're interested in checking out Sollima's latest, Sicario 2: Soldado will open in theaters this summer on June 29 with Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprising their roles from Denis Villeneuve's 2015 original. The British-centric pic, with stars Sally Hawkins and Hugh Grant, among others, was released by Warner Bros., which picked it up from beleaguered The Weinstein Co. late past year. The second film, after 176 positive reviews, still holds strong at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
King is repped by WME.