Many diehard fans of the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory were not amused to hear a remake was in the works. Particularly because the director behind the new version was none other than the dark and often bizarre director, Tim Burton.
Many asked how could the man who made Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman Returns, and Sleepy Hollow, among others, be in charge of a colourful, fantasy-filled, children's movie. Despite the backlash, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, didn't disappoint when it was released in 2005.
Not only did it receive critical praise but it grossed $475 million worldwide. 12 years after the film's release, the kids are all grown up and Depp is still in demand as he was over a decade ago.
Johnny Depp was cast as Willy Wonka.
At the time this was the fifth collaboration between Depp and director Tim Burton.
Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka in the 1971 film, was not impressed when he heard there was a remake in the works.
Wilder told The Daily Telegraph the drive behind the remake was only to make money.
Depp said the film was not a remake but rather an adaption of Roald Dahl's 1964 book.
Ironically, Dahl hated the 1971 film so much he refused to give the film rights for the sequel to “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”
Warner Bros. and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment convinced the Dahl estate to sell the rights to make another Charlie film.
Dahl’s widow and daughter gave final approval on the actors hired to play the characters from the famous book. They also had a say on who the director should be. Tim Burton was their one and only choice.
Augustus Gloop, Charlie Bucket, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Veruca Salt were kids casts from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.
Roald Dahl could not stand spoiled and bratty children. In fact, Dahl’s daughter let Tim Burton read her father’s original written manuscript. One of the children is actually named Herpes, fortunately that name didn’t make the book.