The creator of the Willy Wonka universe, Roald Dahl, sold his wacky chocolate maker to Warner Bros. for an undisclosed price. Variety.com reported, “the film will not be an original tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures.” Seeing how Willy Wonka became Willy Wonka is a great idea, but just like with any reboot, there are criticisms to be made.
Gene Wilder himself, along with many fans, have criticized the Tim Burton remake by calling it, “an insult.” Wilder added, “Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don’t care for that director [Tim Burton]. He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.” With the growing resentment for movie reboots lately, should we have any hope that this will be a success?
Some good news however is that Warner Bros. will base their upcoming movies on the original book series. And with Harry Potter producer, David Heymen at the helm, the franchise is in good hands. Fans of the books will have the opportunity to see other characters from the Wonka universe finally brought to light. Whether they will be done justice is another story all together.
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