If there’s one film people just do not want to seem to know about it’s the remake of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. And you should see the looks on their perturbed faces when you mention that Tim Burton is going to direct it. “God, it’s going to be all dark, Oompa Loompa’s”, says one associate.
But like it or not, that’s who Warner Bros have tapped to direct “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. He hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet, but according to Variety, its close after a very positive meeting between the director and WB’s Alan Horn, Jeff Robinov and Kevin McCormick. The Dahl estate has already approved Burton as the director they wanted most.
The “Willie” remake has been on the cards at Warner’s for quite some time. Seems they’ve been holding off on it until the right person to guide it came along. They seem to think its Burton. I say it’s far too early to say he’s right or wrong for the project. Ok, his version is likely to be significantly different than the original film – but it might also be an invigorating amends.
In addition to Burton serving as Director, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are also alleged to be serving as producers on the film – through their company Plan B – the newly formed partnership of Aniston, Pitt, Brad Grey and Michael Siegel, who manages the interests of the Dahl estate.
Let’s hope Pitt doesn’t decide he’s the right man to play Willie Wonka. That’s just too scary to consider…