Simon Rich wrote the original draft, with Simon Farnaby and King penning the current draft.
In the books by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka is the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory, with the character debuting in the 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The character also appeared in Dahl’s sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, published in 1972.
Gene Wilder portrayed Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, helping make the character and the Oompa-Loompas who work in his factory indelible parts of pop culture. Johnny Depp later stepped into the role of Wonka for a 2005 Tim Burton film.
Wonka has been in the works for several years, with THR reporting King’s involvement back in 2018. So far, Wonka has the March 17, 2023 date to itself.
Updated to include information on the screenwriters.