February 05, 2004

Johnny Depp to Play Willy Wonka????

Cockeyed Absurdist posted that American culture has finally shit the bed. I'm guessing he writes this because Johnny Depp is probably going to play Willy Wonka in a remake of the 19971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Directed by Tim Burton, he at least has the decency to call the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Here the director shows respect for the book of the same name. I have a very clear memory of my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Pressner, reading the book to us aloud.

But I have to agree with Cockeyed Absurdist. While he doesn't explain the reason for his remark I can only imagine it's because Johnny Depp is no subsitute for Gene Wilder from the original movie. And probably because this nice experience from our childhoods is going to be reshot, rewritten and rereleased against the collective memory of Gen X'ers everywhere.

Here is the link. Note that at the time of the article, Johnny Depp is only considering the role and has not agreed to do it.

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