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Why is it necessary to remake Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Given that the target audience for the movie is aged in the single digits, who are the one's clamoring for a remake? You? Me? Is Gene Wilder not believable enough as Wonka? Are the effects not believable enough? I've not seen a massive outcry among the grade school set for a new and improved version of the film.

Face it, the original works just fine, even if it was a bit of a flop when it was released.

Sure Charlie is annoying, but does the specter of Jonathan Lipinksi as Charlie, Jim Carrey as Wonka, and Wilford Brimley as Grandpa actually sound good to you? ***

Lair actually has a novel idea, The Donald as The Wonka.

*** I've got no idea who, if anyone they have in mind for the casting...

Update: I now know that it's to be a Tim Burton film staring Johnny Depp. Hmmm... Edward Chocolatehands sounds interesting...

Comments (3)

Why does Hollywood do an... (Below threshold)

Why does Hollywood do anything these days?

Simple: Cash. They can get more money cashing in on adult nostalgia by making a new movie than they can re-releasing a new one.

Why remake The Flinstones as a live-action movie? Why make X-Men and Spider-Man into movies and deliberately change origin stories? Why allow Peter Jackson to inexplicably alter Farimir's apparent motives and character for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy?

It's why I won't pay money to watch Hollywood movies anymore.

I hope Wilford Brimley stay... (Below threshold)

I hope Wilford Brimley stays away from the chocolate, with his diabetes and all.


Remakes also mask Hollywood... (Below threshold)

Remakes also mask Hollywood screenwriters' inability to come up with anything, you know, original.

I foresee a time -- probably next week -- when there will be nothing in the cineplexes that isn't a remake of something else.

Heck, they're probably already working on remakes of the remakes.






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