Warner Bros. bosses have acquired the film rights to the classic Roald Dahl character and have recruited Heyman to develop a new take on Wonka.

According to Variety.com, he will produce the project with Michael Siegel, manager of the Roald Dahl Estate, while The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich will pen the screenplay.

Sources tell the outlet the reboot will be a standalone movie, which will explore Wonka's early days, before his appearance in 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also featured in the children's author's 1972 release, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

Wonka has previously been portrayed onscreen by Johnny Depp, in Tim Burton's 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the late Gene Wilder, who originated the movie role in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Wilder passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut in August (16) due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

He had previously shared how he helped create his grand entrance as Wonka, in an attempt to shroud his character in mystery.

During a 2013 discussion with Robert Osborne about his career, he recalled, "I thought the script was very good, but something was missing. I wanted to come out with a cane, come down slowly, have it stick into one of the bricks, get up, fall over, roll around, and they all laugh and applaud. The director asked, 'What do you want to do that for?' I said from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth.'"

At the New York event, he also made it clear he was not a fan of Burton's 2005 remake, which was met with mixed reviews.

"I think it's an insult," Wilder stated. "To do that with Johnny Depp, who I think is a good actor, and that director, who I think is a talented man but I don't care for him..."