Most Prequels Suck, Will Wonka Be Any Different?

The original Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in the 1970s in film, based on the Roald Dahl novel, gave us enough backstory on the eccentric owner Wonka.

At least I thought it did.

Apparently Warner Bros. thinks otherwise and has commissioned a prequel.

Warner Bros will be releasing Wonka on March 17, 2023, a prequel to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that focuses on the candy architect Willy Wonka’s younger days before having his confection empire. The movie has been in development for about four years.

‘Wonka’: Warner Bros Sets 2023 Release Of ‘Willy Wonka’ Prequel – Deadline

I’m straining to think of any prequel movies that have been very good. Silence of The Lambs didn’t need the prequel. Star Wars didn’t need the prequel trilogy. Solo? Did we need it to learn more about Han Solo? No. The list goes on.

My problem with prequels is we know what happens. We know Han Solo becomes the smuggler in the Millenium Falcon traveling around with Chewbacca. How he became that smuggler is of dubious interest.

Do we really need to know more about how Willy Wonka became Wonka? How he got all twisted and warped? How he came upon the Oompa Loompas? We know some of that already — especially those who have read the novel — but do we need a movie to explore that in greater depth?

I can see why the Wonka project has been languishing in pre-production. It’s not the kind of story that you immediately think: I need to see more on Willy Wonka’s childhood!

Would rather see the sequel than the prequel — and Roald Dahl wrote one, by the way. It wasn’t as good as the first, like most sequels, but that seems like moving the story forward in potentially surprising ways. Prequels go backwards and in prose and on film, going backwards can be very boring.

Nevermind me, though, what do you think? How excited about a Wonka prequel movie are you?

No Time To Die Postponed to Easter 2021, Zemeckis’ Roald Dahl Adaptation The Witches becomes HBO Max exclusive

Good and bad news.

Best to start with the good: Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches which had previously been delayed to “TBA 2021” now has been picked up by HBO Max as an exclusive streaming release for October 22, 2020. So, no, it also won’t receive a theatrical release in the United States, but that seems to be the trend here in America at the moment.

The next major film on the theatrical release schedule, James Bond #25 No Time To Die has been delayed from November to Easter 2021 where F9 is currently scheduled, but Deadline saying they think will vacate that date (UPDATE 6:27pm PT: F9 has, in fact, moved to May 28, 2021 via Hollywood Reporter).

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.  We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year,” said the studio in a statement. MGM was the first studio to foresee how the pandemic was going to stall exhibition, and jumped No Time to Die from its Easter weekend release date of April 10-12 to the Thanksgiving frame.

‘No Time To Die’ Delayed To Easter Weekend 2021 – Deadline

If you’re keeping track — and believe me that process has been messy — No Time To Die was originally planned for Easter 2020 then moved to Thanksgiving 2020 and now is being pushed back to Easter 2021.

Just yesterday I watched the released video for the No Time To Die theme song from Billy Eilish.

A haunting theme song for No Time To Die … can’t wait to see this! But have to until Easter 2021

The Witches joins a growing list of films removed from theatrical release in the United States. Some films have released internationally where the pandemic seems to be under better control.

Recently movies include Greenland (HBO Max), Bill & Ted Face The Music (PVOD/VOD), Mulan (Disney+ & PVOD/VOD $29.99). That’s just a few more noteworthy and recent moves. Trolls World Tour at the beginning of the pandemic was the first to skip a theatrical release for streaming. It’s becoming the norm, not the exception in 2020.

Oh, and with a month left to the next election our President and First Lady — two of the most protected people on the planet — have tested positive for COVID-19.

Yeah, this is not a good time in America. Not at all. Hoping that both of them will be OK. The President is in his 70s, which is not the best age for anybody to have COVID, but 95% survive it at his age.

If the President of the United States can get COVID-19, all bets are off with anything in the entertainment industry. I mean it just seems like everything else is insignificant to all human beings on this planet to be safe. Please be safe out there and take care of your loved ones, family, friends and each other.