Willy Wonka would have been considerably more, erm, ripped, had fate dealt a different hand to Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
A new Willy Wonka movie is in the offing, and according to Entertainment Weekly, Paul King, the director of the Paddington movies, is in the frame to direct.
Charlie Bucket, the young hero from Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' was originally black, his widow has revealed.
It’s Roald Dahl day – what would have been the 101st birthday of the legendary author behind many of the best-loved children’s books of all time. Dahl’s anarchic and often surprisingly dark sense of humour has been hugely influential on generations of storytellers, a number of whom have tried their hand at bringing his stories to the big screen.So, which is the best-loved big screen Roald Dahl adaptation of them all? We took stock of the audience ratings of the seven theatrically-released feature films based on his books: i.e. not including TV movies ‘Esio Trot,’ ‘Danny the Champion of the World,’ the animated version of ‘The BFG,’ or the recent straight to DVD movie ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’Here’s how the rankings worked out (with a nod to each film’s Rotten Tomatoes scores included).Think this list is scrumdiddlyumptious, or a load of old snozzcumbers? Feel free to let us know how you’d rank the films in the comments section below.Read More:Why Roald Dahl Hated Willy Wonka10 great horror movies with child heroesCorey Feldman snaps Goonies reunion photo
While some might still be coming to terms with Johnny Depp's Anna Wintour-esque iteration of Roald Dahl's eccentric confectioner, it looks like there might be another on the way.
As part of our series on mind-blowing movie fan theories, we’re changing the way you watch some of Hollywood’s most famous films. - 5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius - Amazing Picture Of A Young Benedict Cumberbatch Today – a double! 1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ and the Johnny Depp remake ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ from 2005. The theory Published in 1964, Roald Dahl’s masterpiece about a reclusive confectionary inventor who hides five Golden Tickets in bars of chocolate around the world so a group of kids can win a visit to his factory has thrilled readers for generations. It’s been adapted for the screen twice – originally starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and again with Johnny Depp.
The stateside commercial failure of Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ has sent shockwaves through film fandom. Generations of British readers have known Dahl as one of the finest writers of children’s books the world has even seen. As we await the UK release of 'The BFG,’ what better time to look back on the existing Dahl movies, and consider how well they captured the spirit of the timeless storyteller?
The 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel is not just a joyous family film with a stunning lead performance from Gene Wilder, but also one of the creepiest and strangest children’s movies EVER MADE. Frankly, there’s no explanation for this utterly bizarre and startlingly scary sequence, in which the remaining visitors board a paddle boat and go through a tunnel at dizzying speed while Wonka intones a portentous poem and mad images flash up on the walls behind them. - Is Willy Wonka Really A Child Murderer?