THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - PREVIEW
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Julia Winter,
Franziska Troegner, James Fox, Annasophia Robb, Missi Pyle, Johnny Depp,
Adam Godley, Jordan Fry
Director: Tim Burton
U.S. Opening Date: July 19, 2005
one of the few such successful campaigns to force a studio into doing the
bidding of fans!)
Yet another pointless remake? This time Tim Burton is
filming a new version of the beloved Roald Dahl children’s classic tale,
which was of course filmed as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
back in 1971 with Gene Wilder. (This film has an unexpectedly large and
dedicated fan following: when its studio released the movie in dreaded pan
‘n’ scan mode on DVD, fans actually pestered them into releasing a proper
Fans of the original are obviously going “why?” and has
to wonder whether Burton has learnt his lesson regarding the bland remakes
with his 2001 version of Planet of the Apes
and if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has anything new to add.
Still, if anyone can pull it off it’d be the team that
gave us Edward Scissorhands . . .
(By the way, will this fantasy tale ever be the same
after Fry and his cohorts’ visit to the Slurm factory in
Plot description of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005):
Charlie Bucket, a boy from an impoverished
family under the shadow of a giant chocolate factory, wins a candy bar
contest and is given a tour, along with four other children, of the
amazing factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka and his staff of
Oompa-Loompas . . .
Trivia about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Nicolas
Cage and Michael Keaton were all considered for the role of Willy Wonka.
Marilyn Manson also badly wanted the part, and was apparently the
director's first choice, but this could not be accomplished due to
Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie (the first being
Chocolat in 2000). Depp doesn't like the taste of good chocolate -
he prefers the cheap, Easter bunny type.
Martin Scorsese was at one point attached to direct.
A camera lens worth $540,000, wasn't properly secured when
trying to get a shot of a vat of chocolate. As a result, the camera fell
into the vat which destroyed it.
This is the fifth film that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have
made together. The others are Edward Scissorhands (1990),
Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and
Corpse Bride (2005).
Screenwriter John August had never even seen Willy Wonka
& the Chocolate Factory (1971) when asked by Tim Burton to write the
script. After finishing the screenplay, he finally watched the 1971
version, only to be surprised at how much darker the "family film" was to
Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's
performance in Finding Neverland (2004) that he convinced Tim
Burton to cast him as Charlie Bucket.
Johnny Depp used shock rocker Marilyn Manson as his
inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka; Manson himself wanted the
whole of Wonka in the film.
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