Mendes to take Willy Wonka to the stage

Roald Dahl’s beloved book has already been turned into two successful Hollywood movies, convincing Mendes the story could be a hit musical on Broadway and the West End.

The director has commissioned Scottish playwright David Greig to write the script and he has recruited Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman – the musical minds behind 2007’s hit Hairspray – to provide the score.

Dahl’s 1964 story first made it to the big screen in 1971, with Gene Wilder starring as chocolate maker Willy Wonka. Johnny Depp revived the role in a 2005 remake, directed by Tim Burton.