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Viewers, however, seemed more distracted by his dramatic transformation from the year-old who played Charlie Bucket back in to the. The adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was Gene Despite Johnny Depp's best efforts in , there really was only one Willy Wonka. The cast have regularly met up at key anniversaries of the film. .. Kelley Blue Book First Look at This Chevy Reveals Some Exciting. Directed by Tim Burton. With Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter. A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent.
He said, "Scott Frank's version was the best, probably the clearest, and the most interesting, but they had abandoned that. He had previously produced another of the author's adaptations with James and the Giant Peachand, like Roald and Liccy, disliked the film because it strayed from the book's storyline. He got the idea of writing a mixture of light and darkness, and not speaking down to kids, and the kind of politically incorrect humor that kids get.
I've always liked that, and it's shaped everything I've felt that I've done. Liccy Dahl remembers Burton entering Dahl's famed writing shed and saying, "This is the Buckets' house! The manuscripts included a child named Herpes, after the sexually transmitted disease.Charlie & The Chocolate Factory - Wonka's Welcome Song
He did not see the film prior to his hiring, which Burton believed would be fundamental in having August stay closer to the book.
The characters Arthur Slugworth and Prodnose were reduced to brief cameo appearances, while Mr. Beauregarde was entirely omitted. Burton thought the paternal character would help explain Willy Wonka himself and that otherwise he would be "just a weird guy". The studio wanted to entirely delete Mr. Bucket and make Willy Wonka the idyllic father figure Charlie had longed for his entire life. Burton believed that Wonka would not be a good father, finding the character similar to a recluse.
He wanted Charlie to be an average child who would be in the background and not get in trouble.
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He said, "It was kind of a strange amalgamation of these weird children's TV show hosts. Burton disagreed with the comparisons and said Jackson, unlike Wonka, liked children. Instead, he compared Wonka to Howard Hughes due to his "reclusive, germaphobe, controlling" nature. He also cited Charles Foster Kane from Citizen Kane as an inspiration for Wonka, as Kane is "somebody who was brilliant but then was traumatized and then retreats into their own world".
During production, Gene Wilder, in an interview with The Daily Telegraphaccused the filmmakers of only remaking the film for the purpose of money. Burton said he sought actors "who had something of the character in them", and found Mike Teavee the hardest character to cast.
Charlie in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' was supposed to be black, Roald Dahl's widow says
As a consequence of British Equity rules, which state that children can only work four and a half hours a day, filming for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took six months, ending in December Like the book, the film has a "timeless" setting and is not set in a specific country.
Burton biographer Mark Salisbury wrote that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory "melds s and '70s visuals with a futuristic sensibility that seems straight out of a s sense of the future. A Space OdysseyDanger: Diabolikand THX The actor was able to play various Oompa-Loompas using split screen photographydigital and front projection effects. A suit with an air hose was considered at one point for the beginnings of the swelling scene, before the decision was made to do the entire transformation in CGI.
The visual effects house Cinesite was recruited for this assignment. In the filma squad of professional programmers spend a lot of time and money to develop a massive supercomputer for this very purpose and suffer an odd A. Is a Crapshoot moment - see that page for details. Many critics while the film was in production likened Johnny Depp's performance as Wonka to Michael Jackson.
Unfortunately, the comparisons happened to be made during Michael Jackson's highly publicized child molestation trial in which he was acquitted weeks before the film's release. The Other Wiki has a history of this film's development and could-have-beens, but in addition to the facts listed there: Frank Oz was attached to the director's chair before Tim Burton took over.
Michael Jacksonaccording to his brother Jermaine's book You Are Not Alone, was all set to campaign for the Wonka role — and then he was charged of child molestation for the second time in his career in But though executives loved it, they were not comfortable casting him as Willy Wonka, and offered to find another role in the film for him in exchange for the soundtrack.
Michael was too dead set on the lead role to allow this. A few weeks before the movie hit theaters in JulyJackson had been declared not guilty of the charges after a high-profile trial, so the unintentional, superficial resemblances between him and Depp's take on Wonka were brought up in many reviews and commentaries and Burton had to go on record as saying it was not a parody.
Years later, Douglas Hodge would acknowledge Jackson as one of many, many inspirations for his very different interpretation of Wonka in the West End musical. Sam Neill auditioned for the role of Mr. Salt, but Burton said he wanted Johnny Depp to be the only "name" actor in the movie. Christopher Lee 's appearance is more Creator Thumbprint. Gregory Peck was first offered the role of Grandpa Joe, and he told Warner Brothers that he'd consider it.
Sadly, he died before he could give his answer, but his family has revealed he was very eager to play the part. The only reason he didn't say yes right away was because he was afraid it would make him seem desperate and cause the studio to give him a lower paycheck. Peter Ustinov was also offered the role, but he passed away before he could give the producers his answer.
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Instead, their theatrical division became a co-producer of the stage musical. Originally, the role of Mr. Teavee was going to be played by an actor famous for playing a father on a sitcom as a Casting Gag. One of Tim Burton's first vetoes when he was hired as director was the possibility of killing off Charlie's father. The studio suggested portraying Wonka as one to Charlie, to which Burton replied, flabbergasted, "Willy Wonka is not a father figure!
Burton wore similar headgear as a child. The scene of the Wonkas reuniting amidst the elder Mr. Wonka's numerous newspaper clippings of his son's success was based on when Burton visited his dying mother and found a scrapbook full of reviews for his movies. Willy Wonka's elegant Staff of Authority having the bendy properties of a bamboo cane think Charlie Chaplin was role originator Douglas Hodge 's idea; he'd been rehearsing with a bamboo cane and grew used to its feel and the tricks, stances, etc.
See What Could Have Been below for how his input affected other aspects of the show. Not a whole song, but the second verse of "The Amazing Tale of Mr. Willy Wonka" about the Serious Business of his sweets was cut with the cast turnover, skipping to the Prince Pondicherry story.
It is preserved on the cast album. It was reinstated for the Broadway production. This is the reason "Pure Imagination" from the film is included with what is otherwise a completely new score. Sam Mendes wasn't too happy about this, since he wanted the show to stand on its own merits, but since audiences and critics love its placement as Climactic Music — and it ties in to the Central Theme perfectly — this is arguably a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
Saved from Development Hell: The initial plan for a Broadway transfer to launch in the season was scrapped, partially due to Sam Mendes being busy with other projects and the need to wait on a theatre big enough to accommodate its huge physical production becoming available. The Broadway production, with Jack O'Brien taking over the directing duties from Mendes who stayed on as a produceropened in April As discussed in this articledirector Sam Mendes first tried to get the stage rights to the novel in the late s.
He tried again at the Turn of the Millenniumbut the rights were with Warner Bros.