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WILLY WONKA remake news!!!!

Published at: March 30, 2000, 2:16 a.m. CST by staff


Hey there you Oompa-loompas, roll me around all you want, it won't do the wonders of a nice prick... Pin prick that is. I got this update from Kristine, the chief goddess of the official Roald Dahl website, and Gary... Expect a call from me tomorrow! Mesa wanna know more! Yesa mesa dosa. "Mesa Dosa?" Sounds like a snakey thing to do. Eeeeeek... pun hell.... Run run for your lives.... Here's Kristine...

Hey Harry,

My name's Kristine and I've been following your Wonka remake tidbits for a while now. They seem to have tapered off lately, though, so I thought I'd fill you in on some details I picked up today. See, I have a website devoted to Roald Dahl (RoaldDahl.Org) and recently I was contacted by his estate about the official site they're working on, domain names, etc. The end result is that I've just come back from lunch with Felicity Dahl (his widow) at her apartment in London (where I work). She's an awesome lady and she was kind enough to answer several of my questions about the remake. Since she didn't say anything about confidentiality, I'm assuming it's all right to pass this along...

First of all, THE REMAKE *IS* HAPPENING. It's true. Scott Frank is currently working on the script but they're not looking to actually start production until autumn at the earliest. (She also said that meant that it probably wouldn't be released until at least a year after that, if now two.) They don't have any of the roles cast yet, but they have decided on who they want to direct: GARY ROSS (who wrote/directed "Pleasantville"). He hasn't formally signed on as director *yet*, but he's supposedly working as a "consultant" assisting Frank on the screenplay. As for the rumors about Nic Cage playing Wonka... Liccy wouldn't rule it out. Basically, the deal was set up so that the family/estate have final say on the scriptwriter, director, and lots of other details, but the studio gets to pick an "A" list star to headline the picture. Liccy actually said that her ideal choice would be Dustin Hoffman (now there's an idea!), but the studio nixed him as "not popular enough." Another glaring example of Hollywood stupidity. Hoffman would make a kickass Wonka and apparently was all excited about the possibility of playing him too. The same thing happened with the original film: Dahl wanted some British comedian named Spike Milligan to play the candymaker, but he was overruled and Gene Wilder got the job. Liccy also confirmed that Dahl HATED the resulting film (and Dahl purists myself aren't too fond of it either). I guess she's prepared to concede the leading role in this one just to make sure that the overall vision is the one Roald would have wanted.

Anyway, that's really all of the confirmed details I have to report. Liccy mentioned something about music at one point, but I'm not sure whether that meant they would be setting Dahl's original poems to new music or writing new ones altogether. She also showed me some original artwork from Henry Selick's "James and the Giant Peach" and a videotape of footage from a new commercial Danny DeVito is doing to publicize a Dahl charity event. She and I will be in contact in the future, so if I find out anything new I'll let you know.

Later,

Kris

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  • March 30, 2000, 2:28 a.m. CST

    This could be cool

    by Wolvie6

    I hope this happens but, how about Robin Williams for Wonka? I can't see Cage or Hoffman doing it.

  • March 30, 2000, 2:34 a.m. CST

    spike

    by Bittie

    spike milligan would have kicked ass, he was in his prime then and used to do the most original and irreverant comedy, besides monty python. I think he even called Prince Charles a spoiled brat on national television after meeting him...i think....

  • March 30, 2000, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Wonka

    by Alex De Large

    Nic Cage is just...terribly wrong. having the studio choost is just a horrible idea...sigh. dahl is the greatest story teller of all time...and to have nic cage (i like him and all that) play wonka would drive me INSANE. sorry this post isn't that great, i'm tired.-Alex

  • March 30, 2000, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Dustin not popular enough!?!?! wha..?!

    by Darth Bond

    Hasn't anyone seen The graduate?! The president's men?! Kramer vs Kramer?!? Rain man?! helooooooo! Dustin is way more popular (and a better actor) than that screaming over-acting maggot called Cage ..... actually, I quite like cage too; leaving las vegas and Face/off were excellent, I liked the rock too.... I just feel angry that someone would go for cage instead of Dustin. shit, they can really tick me off those studio bastards. Any words on the glass elevator sequel? I think that's what it's called (right? no?), I read it a long, long time ago when I was just a wee sith kid, I can't really remember...) CYL.

  • March 30, 2000, 3:22 a.m. CST

    High as the Moon

    by reni

    I love Gene Wilder in Willie Wonka, it's on telly every Christmas and I never miss it.

  • March 30, 2000, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit Harry!!! Where's Your Skin?!? Where are YOU?!?!?!

    by Johnny Drywall

    I think Wilder was a great Wonka, but I also think either Cage or Hoffman would be very wrong for the remake (irrespective of popularity). Wonka should be played by a Dennis Leary or Gabriel Byrne type. Someone a little dark and cynical and not quite so user friendly. Be Vigilant.

  • March 30, 2000, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Robin Williams...again!

    by Bandy

    if that clown gets to play wonka, it'll be Toys all over again. besides which, leave the film alone...it's a xmas morning masterpiece.

  • March 30, 2000, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Spike Milligan - "some British comedian"?!

    by Scimmia

    He's rather more well-known than THAT description would suggest, here in the UK at any rate! I believe the actual phrase he used to address Charles Windsor was "grovelling little b*stard", when the latter approached him for his autograph! He's a bit past many film-appearances or other performances these days, sadly, as he's about 82, but he's regarded fondly by many people in this part of the world . . .

  • March 30, 2000, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I KNOW, LET'S REMAKE EVERY FILM EVER MADE AND CAST NIC CAGE AS T

    by Swiss Toni

    Nothing personal against the bloke but the question is WHY?? What is the point in remakes, are they merely financial allegorys of desperation from the movie moguls or do people really think they have merit??? I mean, when you remake the perfectly stunning and chilling classic Psycho with a shot for shot reproduction it can't help bring forth cynicism. We didn't need that, the original was superb and still maintains its power today. It wasn't even like the director took a different take on the film, which is a little more acceptable if the film has flaws. But Psycho didn't. The other point is, do remakes reflect a lack of original ideas in Hollywood for money making projects?? There was an innocent, chessey and technically naive feel to Willy Wonka the first time, but would a remake lose sight of the book by being overly polished and technically profficient?? I think it would.

  • March 30, 2000, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Nick Cage as WONKA?? Are you JOKING???

    by Horseflesh

    That's all we need is a drunk gun toting ass kicking wonka killing off the kids one by one and asking the Oompas where he left his damn shaving razor. My kids are watching the original only cause I don't want them having bad dreams about "the scary candy man". I'd pay to see Gene Wilder beat him with a stick.

  • March 30, 2000, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Alapalooza!!

    by Kandor

    I think Al Yankovic would make a great Willy Wonka! Okay, UHF was not a box office smash but his hilarious sarcasm might just work well for Wonka. Remember everyone... this is only an opinion.

  • March 30, 2000, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Not again

    by Big M

    Can anyone in Hollywood come up with a origonal idea, this film is damn good and to see is destroyed by a messed up remake would be a shitter. If they must do it can't they at least try some new ground with the great glass elevator and please god not Cage.

  • March 30, 2000, 6:49 a.m. CST

    wonka bars, now with prozac!!!

    by brush420

    Cage does not strike me as being able to give the energetic performance that is Willy Wonka. Guy moves and talks like he's on a prozac IV. And if he WAS all jittery and excited, he would look like a flat out sociopath. Especially the eyes man...guy has those "crazy" eyes.

  • March 30, 2000, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Animation was my idea in chat yesterday!!!

    by Nimrod

    I remember yesterday in the chat room discussing different possibilites of the Harry Head animation. I'll be damned if I didn't mention a blueberry Harry.

  • March 30, 2000, 7:50 a.m. CST

    the perfect Willy Wonka for the 00's

    by FredFlintstone

    John Cleese

  • March 30, 2000, 7:51 a.m. CST

    VEERS is right!

    by Gag Halfrunt

    My god, it HAS to be Kevin Spacey. The more i think about it...although (may the flaming begin) Kevin Kline would be good too. Just watched Wild Wild West for the first time (I was bored) and was amazed at how much he'd fit the Willy Wonka role...

  • March 30, 2000, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Idiocy

    by Dave_F

    I love Dahl's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". The fact that the movie based on it deviated from it at times, or even that Dahl himself disliked it, is ultimately irrelevant. Irrelevant because...the end result was one of the purest, most amazing kids' movies of all time. In fact, I'd say it's second only to "Wizard of Oz" (itself, quite different from the book that inspired it). Gene Wilder is irreplaceable, period, and there is no compelling reason to do a remake. ******* Sidebar: To me, at least, the mere fact that Nicolas Cage could be considered for Wonka is the best proof possible that he's utterly inappropriate to don Superman's cape...

  • March 30, 2000, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Gene Wilder can't be beat

    by ol' painless

    Gene Wilder was one of the comic genius' of the seventies (forget the 80's - Woman in Red? Bah). I personally don't think his trademark edginess, cruelty and suppressed rage in this film can be beaten , so why try?. Spacey would just phone in his usual give-a-speech-in-a-harsh-monotone-that-is-on-the-verge-of-shouting (I mean, the last original performance this guy has given was back when he was on tv with Wiseguy, AND YET HE WALKS AWAY WITH AN TWO OSCAR'S FOR IT!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??), so don't choose him. One inspired casting choice though, would be Darth B as the fat German kid who goes blue and explodes (a la Harry's picture) - c'mon Darth, even if you're not German, you'd fit the bill (and the lederhosen). I mean, you EURO-AICN types all look the same to me :)

  • March 30, 2000, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Willy Wanker

    by Dodgy Ken

    Willy Wonka was fucking shite and the remake will eat shit...nuff said.

  • March 30, 2000, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Spike Milligan Rules

    by smilin'jackruby

    Whoever said earlier that it's dastardly to refer to Spike Milligan as "some British comedian" is right. Milligan and Peter Sellers teamed up to do some of the funniest comedy of the day - listen to your "Goon Show" records. Milligan's also in pretty much all the "Pink Panther" pics.

  • March 30, 2000, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Noooooo!!!

    by Slugworth

    This movie is a classic. Gene Wilder IS Wonka. He's perfect. There is not one thing I would change about the movie. Why can't people take a cue from Wizard of Oz, and Rear Window and just Re-release these movies in theatres? Anyhow, IF it is going to be remade, I like the guy who suggests Cleese as WW. (I mean, come on Nic Cage?) And of course Vin Diesel as Slugworth. :^)

  • March 30, 2000, 8:35 a.m. CST

    ok, ya got me

    by ol' painless

    Ok, you're right, Spacey is a good actor, got a little carried away there, but I'm alright now - but I still reckon he wouldn't get close to Gene Wilder in this particular role. And next time, remember to breathe when you laugh that hard, or your head might explode :)

  • March 30, 2000, 9:23 a.m. CST

    willy wonka

    by doomgen_66

    i have a bad feeling the studio is gonna pick an A list actor like jim carrey and ruin the film all over again.

  • March 30, 2000, 9:31 a.m. CST

    You guys are going to probably rake me over the coles for this,

    by spike lee

    Eddie Murphy. If they dont want to go towards the original, set it in a poor urban setting. At least the guy who played Mini Me will get to work again.

  • March 30, 2000, 9:53 a.m. CST

    "Oompah, Loompah, Poopity-Pooh...I have a riddle for you..."

    by Uncapie

    What is brown, stinks, you might step in it and sometime syou eat it A remake! Better yet, let's just remake everything! There are no more new ideas out there.

  • March 30, 2000, 10:04 a.m. CST

    wonkavision

    by rhoneyman

    No other choice for the role of Wonka than Bill Murray. Shucks, that's good corn!

  • And Noone could possibly top the Satanic performance that Gene Wilder gave! One of the coolest movies ever. No, this is one that definitely does not need to be remade!

  • March 30, 2000, 10:30 a.m. CST

    The Only Man For The Job Is ANDY DICK!

    by Bono

    Chew on that gibberish!

  • March 30, 2000, 10:55 a.m. CST

    WW

    by DOLLY

    I just saw WW for the first time on video last year after hearing so much about it. What a dissapointment. Wilder was the highlight of the picture. Otherwise, it was too bright, the sets looked cheap. Perhaps another go IS in order. Get it right this time around. For a hint of how Cage would probably be in the part - check out his bizarre performance in "Vampires Kiss." Hoffman would bring a lot of thought and preparation to the part...he's always an amazing performer. But my first choice would be Linda Hunt!!

  • March 30, 2000, 11:02 a.m. CST

    people to play Wonka

    by Goose42

    Here are my choices for Wonka...Christopher Walken, yes I know he has been typecast as odd villains, but go back to Pennies from Heaven...I think he would be great; Dennis Hopper - maybe a little too crazed and over the top, but I just see his eyes and think he could pull it off. And then there was this comedian I saw in the late 80's early nineties that had a great look and a wacky delivery - Peter Gaulkey. He had some minor success, nothing big, but he was funny. I doubt anyone has heard of him. And whoever said Bill Murray, I agree with that choice too.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Could there be anything in the world MORE UNNECESSARY!?!

    by superninja

    Why? There is no need to remake something that was perfect the first time around. Again, remake Ocean's 11 all you want -- it wasn't a great film. But when something is a timeless classic -- what's the point? First of all, what do you think the audience's expectations are going to be going into this film? It's a childhood classic. But that's Hollywood for you. Good luck trying to fill Gene Wilder's shoes -- CAUSE IT AIN'T HAPPENING!

  • March 30, 2000, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Desk Top Casting....

    by Syd Mead

    I'll put my vote in...Jim Carry. Obvious, put YOU know the dude could pull it off and put butts in the seats. Second choice, Mike Myers. Add some incredble edible sets and I'm there. I still love the old one...with lines like... "I wanna a real gun !!...Not till your twelve SON !!" how can you not. --Syd.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:41 a.m. CST

    NIC CAGE!!!!!!?????

    by kindablue28

    What is it with everyone thinking that Nic Cage can play these kinds of parts? Do we really want to se a Superman with male pattern baldness? And he can't sing!!! Did anyone see Peggy Sue Got Married?? I'm sorry but I don't think I can endorse such folly. Gene Wilder was meant to play this role, and unless he agrees to reprise it and just up the production design for a remake, I'm afraid I can't give this one my blessing.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Can I just be the first to say that Jim Carrey is NOT that freak

    by superninja

    Why does he get suggested for every comedic part? He's is NOWHERE near the comedy GODS that are Gene Wilder and Danny Kaye. Jim Carrey has been doing his Danny Kaye impression for years and touting it as his own. Granted, some funny stuff has come out of it, the guy is seriously talented, but give credit where credit is due. Seriously...who was the last ORIGINAL comedian after Wilder? Mike Myers is fantastic, but his whole schtick is a riff on popular culture.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Horrible Idea

    by Skllbns

    I must agree with Swiss Toni and others: once again Hollywood's creatively bankrupt studios are bottom-dragging the pit of minor classics in a desperate search for ideas ... people forget that Gene Wilder is really one of the last of a breed of actors who could do it all: sing, dance, act & tell a joke. Who cares what Roald Dahl (great story-teller but infamous crank & cynic) thought of the original movie because it is a classic. I cannot imagine a better way of telling the story, and it is absolutely impossible to imagine that today's Hollywood could even know where to begin to improve upon it. The original perfectly balances the surreal mixture of joy & menace, sexual innuendo & fantasy, wish fulfillment & fatalism for which Dahl is known. In today's world of straight genre movies, a remake risks simplistic categorization, and any new version would probably become a puerile mish-mash of fart jokes and slapstick. Much Backtalk has been devoted to Hollywood's creative woes, and lemme tell ya, it's real. This town is reeling: studios are full of execs that nobody respects or likes, producers are running scared and losing their deals, agents are more interested in starting internet companies, and managers are loading every project with additional useless producers. A-list actors won't take any risks unless they get 20% of first-dollar gross, distribution companies are desperately trying to get out of the production business, production companies are desperately trying to get into distribution, and meanwhile, everyone is terrified that these young billionaires in Silicon Valley and Seattle are the real shit right now. Worst of all, NONE of the major entertainment companies really want to be making movies at all. It's bad business, and there isn't a single major company (with the possible exceptions of DreamWorks and New Line)who seems dedicated and passionate about production. When you have major studios treating production as a necessary evil, is it any wonder that today's movies are embarrassing crap. Anyway, sorry for the rant.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    What, NO British actors can play Wonka???

    by floob

    Who th' hell wants to see Dustin Hoffman nasal-mumble his way thru the Chocolate Factory??? (No, I sure as hell don't want Nic Cage within a thousand yards of Wonka's role, either.) I'm surprised nobody's bowed to political correctness and cast Whoopi Goldberg in the lead.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Jack

    by and&and!

    Know who'd strike fear into the hearts of kiddies everywhere: wacky Jack Nicholson. The original was scary (along with WIZARD OF OZ and CHITTY-CHITTY BANG BANG, the films most likely to set me shivering under the covers -- I was an impressionable child). If it scared me once, it doesn't need a remake; my general rule. Oh, ol'painless, seems you may have heard it already, but does the name Keyser Soze mean anything to you? 'Verbal' Kint? Over&out

  • March 30, 2000, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Some great casting ideas

    by All Thumbs

    I would like to say kudos to the people who brought up Danny Kaye and Weird Al. Personally, as I was reading this article I was thinking that no one other than Gene Wilder or Danny Kaye would be able to play this role to perfection. Seeing as Gene already did the part and the other guy is dead, I think these three choices brought up on the board would be the second best: Weird Al (he's got the child-like attitude with the bit of darkness it needs, plus he's very talented in the music department if necessary), Bill Murray ('nuff said) and Kevin Spacey (he can definitely handle comedy and make unlikable characters likable...and believe me, there's a danger of turning Wonka into an ass if they follow the book closely).

  • March 30, 2000, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Wonka was already remade...on Futurama

    by Fatal Discharge

    ...the secret of the Slurm drink episode was hilarious. Anyway, even more crucial than who plays Wonka will be the quality of the songs - maybe they will just use the old ones? JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH had great looking animation (except for James with his beety eyes) but those terrible songs killed the movie for me.

  • March 30, 2000, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Stephen King Hated The Shining

    by Slugworth

    Big Deal. Faithful to the book or not, its still one of the greatest horror movies ever. Likewise, WWATCF is one of the greatest children's movies ever.

  • March 30, 2000, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Willy Wonka makes, everything he bakes satisfying and delicious

    by monkeylucifer

    Okay first off, Wonka can't be young. He's retiring, hence the whole giving up the factory to Charlie deal, so no Cage and definitely NO Carrey. Secondly, I hope to god that if it's a musical they will cast someone who can sing, NO DUBBING!!!! Thirdly, how about someone British for the love of mike...do we have to transplant it to the U.S.???? Don't get me wrong, I love Wilder, but Wonka should be British if set in Britain and IT SHOULD BE SET IN BRITAIN. Okay, so who would I choose? Easy....Erick Idle. He can sing, he can act, he can do the funny, he can be quirky, he can be sinister, etc., etc., etc. So there you go ladies and gents, if you asbolutely have to remake this film (which I think is wonderful as is, sorry Roald), please please please please please cast Eric Idle as Wonka. I know you won't, so feel free to make a horrible updated version written by Akiva Goldsman, directed by Roland Emmerich with Nick Cage as Wonka in a rubber suit with nipples.

  • March 30, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST

    and&and

    by ol' painless

    Hey fella, didn't you read my follow-up post to my anti-Spacey rant with an acknowledgement that I had made a mistake? My point, which I should have made clearer, is that Kev's performances of late, just seem to be getting a little . . . samey, that's all. Maybe it's just due to the fact that he seems to be having two movies a year come out for about 3 years in a row now, and his M.O is getting a little to predictable. Familiarity breeding contempt and all that . . . . flame me if you want . . . BTW, to the guy who wrote this article - to try and write intelligently on subjects involving British-based comedy, then to says something like 'some guy called Spike Milligan'??? I feel sorry for you, man . . . .

  • March 30, 2000, 12:39 p.m. CST

    WW was a shitty blasphemous version

    by Susumu Kodai

    of Roald Dahl's classic book. If they remake it, I EXPECT the twisted, insane songs of the original. NO OOMPA LOOMPA DOOBITY DOO! Futurama busted so badly on it, you can tell they hated it too :)

  • March 30, 2000, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The schnozberries taste like schnozberries!

    by Kent Allard

    I am in the camp that doesn't think a remake is necessary because the original is a classic. Although Charlie bugged me, no one can hope to come close to Wilder's performance. HOWEVER, if Hollywood is DETERMINED to play the Russian Roulette of trying to make a successful remake, they must choose carefully on Wonka. Some other suggestions here -- like Kevin Kline and Kevin Spacey -- are inspired, but, if they want a Brit actor, what about Eddie Izzard? Subversive, funny, and I think he can sing, too. How bout it, fan boys & girls?

  • March 30, 2000, 12:43 p.m. CST

    What the Hell is it with the re-makes?

    by lostoptimist

    I mean, Christ, they want to remake some ol classic from half a century ago, fine. Saying the Studios are creatively and intellectually bankrupt is nothing new. It's just the source matieral they're using bothers me, not to mention that the source material itself isn't even 30 years old. Seriously, DIRTY DANCING? ROLLERBALL? WILLY WONKA? Okay, maybe WONKA is more than 30 but still (I can't recall off-hand)...At this rate, in a year or two we ought to have THE BREAKFAST CLUB, HOOSIERS, and ROCKY HORRO PICTURE SHOW re-makes announced.

  • March 30, 2000, 12:54 p.m. CST

    One more thing

    by lostoptimist

    Now for a brief moment in which a movie buff drones on about the plight of cinema...'I think it's a mighty sad thing when the original films that are being re-made for today's target audience weren't even originally out in the theatres until AFTER today's target audience was born. Example: DIRTY DANCING was a mid 80's flick. If the re-make gets the go-ahead, I imagine it will come out in 2002 at the latest. The target audience: Teenagers. Anyone over 16 or 17 will have already been alive when the original came out. I'm not saying that they saw it at the tender age of 2 or anything. That's beside the point. The point is...I have no point. I'm rambling. Jeezus. Me thinks It's time to stop writing. Oh, okay, wait. Now I remember what I was going to say. I want to recommend a re-make that I couldn't see because it came out decades before I was born: BRUTE FORCE. And if I ever hear plans of a re-make of BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, I know it will be among the first (or last) signs of the coming apocalypse. Be forewarned.

  • March 30, 2000, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Remake of the remake

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Screw remakes! I got a better idea! Let's remake the remakes! Yeah, first, an updated (for 2000, that is) remake of the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair! Then a remake of the remake of Dirty Dancing immediately after the first remake comes out. Yeah! Great idea! And what the hell are you talking about, Mr Tibbs?

  • March 30, 2000, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Why Willy, Why?

    by Javamonkey

    WHY!!!! Hollywood Sucks. Creatively bankrupt. I'm suprised they didn't go sequel. Think of it: Charlie (the kid who won the factory from Willy)is older now and ready to retire so HE decides to follow in Willy's footsteps and have another golden ticket contest. Ah, but times have changed, and things aren't so easy...... technology is different, the world is much 'smaller' and, well kids just aren't into candy. Not like 20 years ago. It could have at least been more interesting than a remake. I'm sick of remakes.

  • March 30, 2000, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but..

    by twindaggerturkey

    Gene Wilder RULED as Wonka. If I had written the book, I might be annoyed about the movie, but it's pretty great on its own terms and I don't think we need a remake, particularly one with Nic Cage (and I like him but he is totally wrong for the part.) The only decent reason to do a remake would be to fix the production design which IS pretty awful, you must admit. BTW If Robin Williams gets the part I will assassinate someone!!!!

  • March 30, 2000, 1:40 p.m. CST

    No one can mix the demonic humor of Wilder.

    by superninja

    It's just not possible. Anything less would be an insult. Wilder had this strange combination that make the character so appealing and repulsive at the same time. To date, I don't think anyone has done a performance that would compare. Not that all these suggestions aren't great -- Spacey, Cage and Murray (who would by far come the closest) but why would Murray even touch that role with a ten-foot-pole?

  • March 30, 2000, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Spike Q Genius

    by frankmp

    To all our American chums. If you love Monty Python check out Spike Milligans 'Q' series. There are about 5 of them. All the 'pythons ackowledge Spike as their inspiration. Your PBS Channel may have bought them from the BBC. He also called our future King / Sponger "a snivling creep" Top Man!!

  • March 30, 2000, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Selling out to America 101

    by Syd Mead

    FIRST: Write a fantastically original children's story that sells millions of copies around the world. SECOND: Get bought out by YOUR OWN GREED, by selling your story to an American movie production company. THIRD: Bitch to the public that you did not like the movie because it was unfaithful to your book and an American actors were cast. Today, it's Rowling with Harry Potter and Chris "I suck" Colombus. So stop bitching you whiney British bastards ! Make the movies in your own country and we'll watch them. Remember Trainspotting ? You know how to make movies...so make 'em! BTW: yes, Danny Kaye was a true talent but he's dead. It's time to live in the now...sorry for the news. So get someone like Mike Myers, he's funny at least. --Syd.

  • March 30, 2000, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Don't do it !!!!!!!!!!

    by trouble

    There should not even be stinkin' thoughts of remaking this movie ! There's no way in hell they could do justice to it these days. Watch the original again. Besides Gene Wilder, most of what makes the movie is the whole creepy feeling of that time period.It'd be like re-doing Sigmund & the Sea-monsters, for gawd's sake. You cannot duplicate that without coming across as cheesy. Just leave it alone pleeeeeeeze !!

  • March 30, 2000, 2 p.m. CST

    tell me why?

    by 41672

    I think the original is rather creepy, but there is nothing wrong or outdated about it. Why should I care/pay to see this movie. Make something original. At least throw up th ethin veil of a remake by setting it in space or underwater like they do with shakesphere.

  • March 30, 2000, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Milligan should have done it, now Cleese should do it

    by gingeracrockford

    I really think John Cleese would be a damn good Wonka.Or maybe Rik Mayall.SDpike Milligan wasnt in the pink panther movies (youre thinking of Graham Stark) but would have kicked butt as Wonka back then

  • March 30, 2000, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Mr Tibbs

    by 41672

    I just read Mr tibbs comment, enough of that crap. Stop regurgetating everything you read on the net! Orange frog men are not a sterotype for africian amercians. Smartin up! People from Transylvainia don't bitch about Dracula!

  • March 30, 2000, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Mr Tibbs

    by 41672

    I just read Mr tibbs comment, enough of that crap. Stop regurgetating everything you read on the net! Orange frog men are not a sterotype for africian amercians. Smartin up! People from Transylvainia don't bitch about Dracula!

  • March 30, 2000, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I vote for Harry as "King Of the Oompah-Loompas."

    by Uncapie

    Paint him orange, give him a crown and sceptre and there you have it!

  • March 30, 2000, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Cake or Death!

    by cavscout

    Only Izzard could be the next Willy Wonka!

  • March 30, 2000, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Gene Wilder is the ONLY Wonka

    by Niiiice

    What is up with this? Hollywood hasn't been giving us anything but insults for the past year! Why remake a classic? Just because half the teens today haven't seen the original? This is kind of the same line of reasoning the Disney fanatics use: "It's okay to be unoriginal and just spend a whole ton on eye candy, cause its just for kids, and kids don't care!" It's the same reasoning Joel Silver used when he produced Romeo Must Die: "It's okay not to have any substance, but just throw in a bunch of cool camera effects and hip hop stars and subrate kung fu, cause the kids don't care!" Well, I CARE, DAMNIT!

  • March 30, 2000, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Ahh, just what we need...

    by Mean Ween

    ...more shit.

  • It makes sense. He is the only guy who is weird & magical at the same time! He is the only one who can do the music justice! Imagine him freaking the kids out with his amazing music & crazy dance moves! Sure Carrey & Spacey both sound quite good but i reckon this is the role Michael was born to play! ps:I think Gene Wilder was brilliant in the lead and dont understand how a writer like dahl could not have liked his faithful recreation of his character. The movie was a classic feel ggod fantasy & deserves a re-make, definetely with Michael Jackson in the lead. pss: The most under-rated movie of all time is a tie between Willow & Legend. I have Big hopes for Lord Of The Rings!!!

  • March 30, 2000, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Wonka Will Probably Be Re-Made...

    by Barron34

    So get used to it. The original was great, Wilder was brilliant, but Hollywood is likely to update it. And listen, Brits, if Hollywood is financing it and insisting on a so-called 'A'-List Star, don't waste your time pushing for a Brit who is unkown in the States (yes, Eddie Izzard is greta, but Joe Schmoe American has no idea who he is). Instead of pushing for some Brit actor who is unknown in the States, push for an American actor who won't butcher the role. Nic Cage is good in stuff like Leaving Las Vegas or Bringing Out The Dead, but he would BLOW as Wonka (much as he would blow as Superman). So instead of wasting your energy hoping for a good Brit actor like Izzard, focus on trying to keep inappropriate American actors from the role. That said, I think the best American 'A'-List Actors for the role have already been mentioned. Bill Murray would probably be good, but he is a little too laid back for Wonka, I think. Cleese would be excellent, but he is not known to be able to open a Movie as a Lead Actor in America. Mike Meyers again suffers a bit from Nice Guy Syndrome...Wonka must really project malevolence. Jim Carrey would be a Studio Execs big choice, I think, but we would then get a real 'Hollywood Product' instead of a good movie, with Carrey doing his usual Ace Ventura/The Mask/The Riddler over-the-top schtick. Walken is an interseting suggestion, but I think thta he goes too far in the opposite direction: he can play creepy, but he lacks the ability to play the alternating kindness that Wonka can project (and which makes him more Schitzo, and thus even more terrifying and unpredictable). Ultimately, I think that the best choice is Kevin Spacey. He is a top American Actor, he can open a Movie LARGE (important to the Studios), and he can do a really good job, I think, portraying the crazy Wonka, alternating between madcap and malevolent. Spacey is a good serious actor, and would thus bring an undercurrent of substance to the role, but he is also a great comic actor, and is probably looking for some good, lighter fare to act in after American Beauty, etctera. Wonka could be a good tent-pole, popcorn movie (can you say "Haley Joel Osment as Charlie?") that would draw adults as well as kids. In addition to potential Blockbuster status (pleasing to the Studios), it could also have the potential for a positive critical reception (important to getting actors like Spacey to sign on). Wonka could be "serious fun". My vote is for Spacey.

  • March 30, 2000, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I got it!!!!

    by stu-baby

    I'm pulling for the one and only, DENNIS LEARY! Perfect sarcastic humor - funny-as-shit!

  • March 30, 2000, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Alan Cumming for Wonka

    by Samthelion

    Nuff said.

  • March 30, 2000, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Brits, Brits, BRITS!

    by Sabrina

    Thank GOD someone mentioned Rik Mayall, Eddie Izzard and Alan Cumming for this movie! At last SOME people on a AICN Talkback board are exhibiting taste and class and not whining like third-graders. Great suggestions, by the way. Cage, Hoffman, Carrey, et alia would be hideous and WRONG, and unfortunately, Cleese is way too old...

  • March 30, 2000, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp as Wonka

    by Quatermass76

    Directed by Terry Gilliam or Tim Burton. That's the only way it might work. And while I'm at it, get the kid from The Sixth Sense as Charlie and Jake Lloyd as Mike TV.

  • March 30, 2000, 5:32 p.m. CST

    For those who say remakes are always a sign of desparation...

    by Sorcerer

    You DO know that with "Hamlet", Shakespeare was effectively re-writing an older revenge play? And I don't have to mention THE MALTESE FALCON. On another note- anyone know what happened to the girl who played Veruca Salt? I always felt she'd grow up to be an attractive woman.

  • March 30, 2000, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I suppose there is room this time...

    by Sorcerer

    If the filmmakers were to do an almost-totally faithful adaptation this time,it'd be a separate angle on the material than the one taken by the first film, hence a worthwhile remake (just as John Carpenter's THE THING, by following the original short story, managed to distinguish itself from the classic '51 version.) Nick Cage doesn't sound right, but there are a good number of comic actors I could envision in the role- not as good as Gene Wilder, but that's to be expected. (Hell, try hiring Wilder back. His career could use a lift.)

  • ...I have NEVER liked this guy's allegedly-funny work. He's got energy, I suppose, but his brand of physical humor just ain't that funny to me. Clearly this is all very subjective, 'cause about a billion yahoos love his talking ass gag, but I'll just pass on it. I've yet to see "Man on the Moon", but judging by the previews, Carrey does look to be quite talented in that role. As a comic however...blah. You mentioned Wilder and Danny Kaye as his superiors. I'd also add Steve Martin and Dick Van Dyke to the list of talented comics who can do physical comedy too. ********** By the way, Susumu Kodai, I don't think Futurama's hilarious parody of Willy Wonka shows that they "hated it". They parodied it because it's a pop cultural touchstone. Ever see the great Simpsons episode that parodied the opening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? I don't think they hated "Raiders" either.

  • March 30, 2000, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Grunka lunka dunkety do

    by Bheithir

    "Who are those horrible orange creatures over there?" "Why those are the grunka lunkas. They work here in the Slurm factory." "Tell them I hate them!"

  • March 30, 2000, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Gary Coleman as Willy Wonka

    by lostoptimist

    Call it a stretch if you dare...Oh, yeah, Gary Cole wouldn't be a bad choice either. In fact, any actor with Gary for the first name can be Wonka. I don't know why but a 'Gary' just seems to fit the role.

  • March 30, 2000, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Spike Milligner [sic]

    by alanl

    Indeed Spike Milligan is a comic genius of the first rank. Perhaps best known for being the creative genius behind the BBC 50's radio programme "The Goon Show" (which also featured a young up and coming lad called Peter Sellars). The Monty Python troup often stated that the Goon show was their primary source of inspiration for the Flying Circus. 'nuf said P.S. Spike often referred to himself as "Spike Milligner, the well-known typing error." Alanl

  • March 30, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    "No. Don't. Go Back."

    by Blabbermouse

    I just saw the original this past weekend at a NYC revival house (yes, we still have a couple), & I have to agree with the 'why bother with a remake' crowd. This may be Wilder's best performance - the combination of warmth, menace, world-weariness & other-worldliness, his ability to make such a fantastic character believable as an actual human being cannot be topped. Yes, some of the sets might have stood a little improvement, but that's not enough reason to make a remake, especially if they pick the wrong person to star as Wonka & load the film up with unnecessary 00's 'attitude' (& let's not forget all the "Wonka" candy they'll be peddling here in the real world.

  • March 30, 2000, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who LOATHED that movie?!

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I hated it as a kid and I hate it now! I found it nauseatingly saccharine and the "songs" well and truly vomit-worthy. About the only thing tolerable WAS Gene Wilder's performance! Oh, and the "Ooompa-Loopas" or whatever the hell they were made me want to buy a machinegun and start bustin'. And this is from someone who adored THE WIZARD OF OZ and even the, um, artistic version of ALICE (in Wonderland) from about a decade ago. Maybe I should just read the book; if Dahl hated the flick perhaps it's because they deveated too far from his origional work. Whatever. Jeez, now I know how the PHANTOM MENACE-bashers feel!

  • March 30, 2000, 10 p.m. CST

    Oh, and great animation for this TalkBack!

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I love those little things! The guy who does them officially rocks hard in my book. More, please!

  • March 30, 2000, 10:18 p.m. CST

    A real Will(y) to play Wonka ...

    by Cornholio

    would be none other than Will Smith. I've been preaching this for as long as I've heard about a remake. Set it in the 'hood, and get Gary Coleman to play Charlie. "What you talkin' bout, Mr. Slugworth". I see multi-platinum for the soundtrack album. OOMPA LOOMPA 2K. Maybe Will could get Barry Sonnenfeld to direct.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman

    by Jools

    When rumours were circulating about this remake on the Oldman sites his name was mentioned. I think he would be an excellent choice, definately has a dark side! Can be very funny and witty (Rosencrantz), can sing very well(Track 29). He is just perfect, oh yeah, for the part.

  • March 30, 2000, 11:31 p.m. CST

    JOHN WAYNE GACY as Willie Wonka!

    by Bono

    He has a small-but-loyal following of serial killer enthusiasts, so there is potential box office. Plus, he would probably do his own stunts. The only real question is: can he sing?

  • March 30, 2000, 11:57 p.m. CST

    A man BORN to play Wonka

    by Santos L. Halper

    Chow Yun Fat

  • March 31, 2000, 12:24 a.m. CST

    TOM BAKER of DR.WHO fame.

    by QIN 13

  • March 31, 2000, 12:26 a.m. CST

    TOM BAKER of DR.WHO fame.

    by QIN 13

    That's your Wonka.

  • March 31, 2000, 12:26 a.m. CST

    TOM BAKER of DR.WHO fame.

    by QIN 13

    That's your Wonka.

  • March 31, 2000, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Willy wonka casting

    by Fluffy da Bunny

    Okay, he's a bit tall but I'd like to see David Bowie playing Wonka. Maybe they could cgi him to be kinda short and elfin.

  • March 31, 2000, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Ok. Willy Wonka realistically.

    by aleister byron

    If Will Smith plays i will boycott. Bill Murray is almost there but Cleese, Hoffman and Spacey are just all WRONG. They dont have the ESSENCE needed for this role. Walken is a superb choice ( and he can be sympathizing.... ever see DEAD ZONE??? ). Carrey was absolutely incredible in MAN ON THE MOON, but i dont think gambling on him is worth it. So who my choice you ask? DAVID BOWIE. DAVID BOWIE. DAVID BOWIE. Sorry i had to repeat myself but you'll remember it better that way. He sings. He has different color eyes. He's spooky AND nice. Before you flame, watch THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, THE HUNGER, and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. Then we'll talk.

  • March 31, 2000, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Andy Kaufman

    by Mr Orange

    If only Andy Kaufman was still around.. seriously though, Johnny Depp as Wonka, Gene Hackman as Charlie's Granpa, Osment as Charlie.

  • March 31, 2000, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Old Wanker

    by ONARA SAN

    Sorry, wonker oops! From what I remember, wonker was retiring from the chocolate business, so therefore he must be an old wanker( sorry wonker, did it again!) Jack Nicholson would be great, he's an old git & has that slightly sinister side to him, that says 'is he really a kindly old choc barron or is he luring children into his domain to perform unspeskable sexual acts on them! That's the vibe I got from Gene Wilder in the original.

  • March 31, 2000, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey if anybody should be Wonka

    by Taint

    Jim Carrey is the one choice to play Willy Wonka, no other actor could pull off that role...plain and simple

  • March 31, 2000, 8:14 a.m. CST

    From the original article source

    by khoward1

    Numerous points: 1) I'M A GIRL. Somebody up there referred to me as a guy, but I'd just like to point out to the raving hordes of fanboys that there ARE some women who visit this site. 2) Sorry if I seemed dismissive of Spike Milligan, but I'd honestly never heard of him before. I'm from backwoods Indiana and it's a rare thing to catch a rerun of "Are You Being Served" on PBS, let alone "The Goon Show." Consider me chastised. Spike is a god. Happy? 3) Regarding Wonka: Where do you guys get the idea that Wonka's supposed to exude "malevolence"?? FROM THE MOVIE. And, trust me, that's not the way he is in the book. I'm not saying the movie's not a classic; it's just that (for me) it's so far removed from Dahl's original story that it stands as its own work. Gene Wilder was great, but he was NOT the "wise old squirrel from the park" that Dahl described in his story. Perhaps it would be best to NOT call this film a remake, because it's not. It's simply making a film that honors Dahl's original vision. (One in which the Oompa-Loompas are not orange-faced freaks, Wonka doesn't spout Shakespeare and bump off little kids, and Charlie doesn't steal Fizzy Lifting Drinks.) This deification of the movie over the book makes me crazy; it's like one minute everybody's posting about how Peter Jackson had better not deviate one iota from the sacred Tolkien text, and in the next you're all defending "Oompa Loompa Doompety Doo." What gives? I'm perfectly willing to give you guys "your" Wonka; but after 26 years, I want mine. And, please God, not with Michael Jackson. :)

  • March 31, 2000, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Where Veruca is now

    by khoward1

    Forgot to add this... VERUCA SALT (Julie Dawn Cole): After Wonka, Julie returned to England where she continues to pursue her acting career. In 1996 she appeared in the short

  • March 31, 2000, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Two Wonks don't make a wight

    by m2298

    While I'm not sure he would be a bad choice for the role, John Wayne Gacy has been dead since his appointment with the lethal injection chamber in 1994. Actually, if they really want to show what a sweet old man Wonka really is, the slave/guinea pig Oompah Loompahs ought to be depicted as black african pygmies, they way they were in Dahl's first 1964 edition of the book.

  • March 31, 2000, 9:34 a.m. CST

    mike meyers as Wonka

    by kroll

    Meyers is the only one with the right touch to play Wonka. Kroll

  • March 31, 2000, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't remake

    by Reotwo

    This movie should not be remade. It is a classic. Gene Wilder did an awesome job! Everyone was great! If they remake this, this will just show the world that hollywood is running out of original ideas. Hollywood can't leave a perfect film alone. Hence, Miracle on 34th st. - The remake. Never, ever should they have done that. The first one was the best! Leave classics alone Hollywood!!!!

  • March 31, 2000, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Another actor I haven't heard...

    by Goose42

    Ok, what about Michael Caine? I think he could play kind with a touch of malevolence very nicely. Plus, I am guessing he can attract a draw to the theater. Not like a Jim Carrey, but at least the public knows his name. Plus how can you argue about his performance in Jaws: The Revenge?

  • March 31, 2000, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Casting

    by gingeracrockford

    My ideal would be Jack Lemmon as Grandpa Joe,Hayley Joel Osment as Charlie and John Cleese as Wonka.Steve Martin actually could also be a Good Wonka

  • March 31, 2000, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Ah Ha! But JOHN WAYNE GACY is NOT dead!

    by Bono

    Point of fact: He is living on that same island with Elvis, Jim Morrison, Bruce Lee, and the REAL Bea Aurther. I could explain why, but truly this is NOT the forum for such information.

  • March 31, 2000, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Gilliam and Depp

    by alita

    I can't imagine a better team to remake Willy Wonka than with Johnny Depp as Wonka and Terry Gilliam directing! Makes me salivate just thinking about it.

  • March 31, 2000, 4:10 p.m. CST

    it would only appropriate for Veruca Salt to perform the title s

    by EL Duderino

  • March 31, 2000, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Hey Bono, now that you mention it...

    by barkalounger

    Bea Arthur would make a good Wonka.

  • March 31, 2000, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Kevin Spacey IS Willy Wonka!

    by HAGTATT

    Anyone who has seen American Beauty and especially The Ref knows that Kevin Spacey would be the logical choice to play Willy Wonka. He has that smarminess that would fit the role perfectly and I can see him in a god-aweful outfit and tall hat, too!

  • March 31, 2000, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Why Hollywood makes remakes

    by Zachsmind

    The reason Hollywood has no creativity, is because audiences do not go in droves to movies that show any creativity. Mission Impossible is a familiar name so more people think, "oh. that might be good." And they come. Lost In Space was a terrible remake from a critical standpoint, but it had A-list names and cute kids and was loud with a lot of special effects and the damn thing made twenty million dollars opening weekend. Why does Hollywood remake stuff? BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU GO. I wish I could stand at the movie theater dressed as a policeman and hand citations to anyone who went to see Inspector Gadget, My Favorite Martian, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dudley DoRight or Tarzan. God, some people make veins pop out of my face. Don't want them to remake Willy Wonka? STOP GOING TO SEE THESE KINDS OF MOVIES. Otherwise quit whining about it. The only two men alive today who could do justice to the role are GENE WILDER (who's just the right age now to do it properly) and ERIC IDLE. Geez! Come on! Nicolas Cage? Kevin Spacey? Eddie Murphy? John Cleese?? Bill Murray?? Dustin Hoffman?? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE!? You're throwing out big names just cuz it's cool. Cast the role, not the box office numbers. If they don't use Wilder or Idle, I ain't gonna shell out the bucks to see it. You know what would be better though? Eric Idle and Gene Wilder together in the same picture. Both actors are at their best when they are supporting other talent. Idle and Wilder on screen at the same time would be explosive. Try this: Two crazy inventor scientist types who spent their lives competing with one another but through some mishap with a time machine get stuck somewhere in the past and have to work together in order to get back home. Original? No. But infinitely more interesting than a Willy Wonka remake. Will Hollywood do it? Of course not. Why? I don't have a name for it. Nothing to put on a lunchbox or T-shirt.

  • April 1, 2000, 12:01 a.m. CST

    i know who should be willy wonka

    by themoviebuffs

    definitely international action star steven segal i mean come on havent you seen him in such box office smashes as Executive Decisoins and Above the law he obviously has the talent and range for this highly demanding martial arts part. and kids just love steve, i mean my three year old daughter cant get enough of hard to kill or crack. Second choice clint eastwood go ahead make my day mr. wonka.

  • April 1, 2000, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Shocked I am at this display...

    by Zachsmind

    Jim Carrey?? Michael Caine?? Steve Martin?? Whoopi Goldberg?? Michael Jackson?? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE!?? Man, Harry'll let anybody post here, won't he?

  • April 1, 2000, 12:13 a.m. CST

    *shaking head*

    by Zachsmind

    Stephen Seagal? Johnny Depp? Bea Arthur? Gene Hackman as the grandfather? Oh now you're just being silly. And of course someone has to insist on the Sixth Sense kid and Anakin from SW1. Why? Cuz they're names that others in here are familiar with. You know who they should get to play Willy? Vernon Spinner. You've NEVER heard of him. You NEVER will. Great local talent here in Texas. Very funny. He can sing, he can dance, he permeates that uneasiness where you never quite know if he's kidding or not.. He's got ZERO Box Office draw because no one has ever heard of him and no one ever will and it's a damn shame cuz he's a really funny guy. My point is, Hollywood will not try to make a remake that is true to the book or will keep the original author from spinning. It won't make a movie of any calibre or quality. It will make a cheap piece of tripe that will get people flocking in droves to see it. And you people will help make it successful. I weep for humanity.

  • April 1, 2000, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Anybody get the feeling that ZACHSMIND and Vernon Spinner are on

    by barkalounger

  • April 1, 2000, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Two words......Paul Rubens

    by z_luvin

    Why not? I think it's about time he got a chance to do stuff geared toward the kids again. And while we're on the subject of casting: Judd Hircsh - Grandpa Joe James Tolkan - Slugworth And make the rest of the cast a bunch of no-names. Except maybe make a special guest appearance by Minime as an Oompa Loompa!

  • April 1, 2000, 10:37 p.m. CST

    More on Alan Cumming

    by Samthelion

    Granted, the guy may be kind of gay looking, but I have never seen a scene (yeah I know) that Cumming didn't steal, be it on his SNL episode, in Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick even let him go over the top a little, which he almost never does except for Nicholson and G.C. Scott) and flicks like Emma. And, being a southerner I didn't catch his supposedly awesome CABARET act, Cumming is a year or two away from being THE supporting actor working. I think he would make a great Wonka and that would be a good direction for the movie to take. Instead of it being a Robin Williams or Jim Carrey flick (as some have mentioned), it could really get to the heart of Dahl's wonderful novel. And talk about franchising - the underrated Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. My biggest question is - Who will play Jack Albertson's grandpa role? Albertson was unforgettable in the movie, maybe even more so than Wilder. My suggestion, an out there one indeed - Sean Connery.

  • April 2, 2000, 12:57 a.m. CST

    You have to cast Wonka by the defining scene...

    by MrBadExample

    Which, in the previous movie, at least, was the boat ride. No one suggested so far is creepy enough. The only two viable options in my opinion are Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken. (And they can both sing if necessary!) I furthermore demand that Oompa-Loompas burst into flame periodically.

  • April 2, 2000, 1:33 a.m. CST

    I would love to see Tim Burton direct...

    by FlickChick

    I agree with all the posters who said Dustin Hoffman would be an ideal choice...He's the ONLY man who wouldn't insult Gebe Wilder's stellar portrayal. I personally, think Tim Burton would have been a better choice for director...He has the "childlike whimsy/macabre thing" down pat!! What made Wonka so magical was it's balancing act...It was sweet, but also slightly frightening (remember that boat scene?).

  • April 2, 2000, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say Alan Cumming???

    by FlickChick

    I didn't even think of him, but he would also be a great casting choice!!! He steals every movie he's in...and he has that mischievious whimsy air.. he'd be perfect!! It could be a great breakout role for the grossly underused actor... Jim Carrey would turn it into "Jim's very long impersonation of Wonka"...That would be a nightmare choice. Alan Cumming...great idea...high five to whoever posted that!!

  • Now that I'm done with my seizure brought on by immense stupidity, let me start by pointing out, as I have all over this website, that there is absolutely no reason for remakes or any kind of sequel. Why remake a great film like "Willy Wonka"? No one can ever replace Wilder. But if I had to choose, I'd probably pick Bill Murray, but only if he can bring across that whole dark side thing. He's done it before. I don't think I ever saw a more brilliantly portrayed spiritual death than what Bill Murray did in "Rushmore". And he was really interesting in "Ed Wood" too. He can be very offbeat and creative when he wants to be. But he's the only one who even comes close. Kevin Spacey? Christopher Walken? Jack Nicholson? C'mon. Great actors all, but not many people have that ... Wonka essence. And not many people should, which is why they shouldn't make this movie.

  • April 2, 2000, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Hollywood Finds Last Decent Thing on Planet; Rapes it

    by wuice

    The topic pretty much says it all. Congratulations; now nothing is sacred.

  • April 2, 2000, 7:41 p.m. CST

    David Bowie would be the best choice..

    by HolidayXxXx

    He would.. compared to those others.. i mean, He's brittish, got the voice, can definetly be creepy, warm hearted, and funny (go watch labyrinth) plus he can SING. really well.

  • April 3, 2000, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah yeah

    by Tom Jones

    Yo, I'm with you brother. Bowie all the way!!!!!!

  • April 3, 2000, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Bowie

    by aleister byron

    BOWIE BOWIE BOWIE There is none higher. NONE. The idea becomes more scrumdidlyumptious by the minute. I would pay ANY amount of money to see him in that role. He deserves it. He was BORN for it.

  • April 3, 2000, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Carrey as Wonka

    by klaus101

    I say if Carrey is chosen to be Wonka, then I need to show him a Highlander movie. Personally. Carrey lying on the floor after stabbed through the stomach, me standing over him with a katana quoting "There can be only one..." Downstroke with the sword, his head rolls away, and me wondering why there was no Quickening. Oh I get it, Carrey isn't good enough of an actor to be immortalized in any way. There can be only one Wonka!!! Gene Wilder!!! Klaus

  • April 3, 2000, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Obsession is...a very dangerous animal!!

    by Darkman

    First off, the above quote was not from a movie(that I know of); I made it up myself. It's very appropriate considering the fact that Hollywood is developing a REMAKE OF "WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY"!!! Hollywood just can't come up with original ideas. 1) Apparently, they learned nothing from THE HAUNTING(I don't care if it made money - it sucked) 2) AMERICAN PIE 2?! The price we pay for FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH keeps getting higher and higher. Someone should do something about this. The film is, in my opinion, a classic of American cinema(though I admit I've never read the book). The lavish art direction and catchy songs were robbed blind at the Oscars, as was Gene Wilder's performance. But, if the execs can't go to some kind of support group so we, the filmgoing public, can be free of these cancerous testaments to asininity(these really shitty ideas), I'd go with Tim Curry or Brent Spiner as Wonka.

  • April 3, 2000, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Free Willy

    by DARTH PENIS

    What in the fuck is Hollyweed doing now? Is there ANYONE in that sewer that has a fucking clue? My opinion is not only no but FUCK NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's see here: WW= Eddie Izzard, instead of golden tickets he could require a "flag" for admission. That would rock. Charlie, "I'm here for my tour Mr. Wonka." WW, "Do you have a flag?" Oompa Loompa= Mini Me. He could get pissed at WW and bite him in the balls. Violet= some unknown porn actress. She could do an interesting take on "swallowing" the gum. Or an even better idea for a remake is a WWATCF porn movie(with ADULT actors of course). It would simply fucking rock. Midgets going at it and all. Kind of like the Alice in Wonderland porno from a few years ago. Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh MY!!!! (oops, wrong movie)

  • Jan. 30, 2001, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams?!

    by Ween

    Wolvie6 how can you say Robin Williams would be a good Wonka. If you would read the book you'd know that Wonka is a tall, thin wizard-like character. Clearly Robin Williams (who I do respect as both an actor and person) would be wrong for this role. I think Wonka should be played by some unheard of english actor.

  • May 12, 2001, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Who should play who

    by crazy_girl3jh

    Maybe one of the Olsen twins should play Veruca or Violet? Man... who am I kidding???? I want to play Veruca! I can do a right on impression of her! If I was to get the part though, I really wish that Mike Myers would get to play Wonka! I couldn't really see it, but he's like my idol! I think Alan Cummings would be great though. He's got that mysterious thing to him and he's got the right look. Mike Myers is just too adult funny for the roll. But all I know is I couldn't see any one but a comedian doing it.

  • Oct. 13, 2002, 10:10 a.m. CST

    back to Kevin Kline

    by OhProvidence

    Whoever said Kevin Kline would be a good Willy Wonka a great number of posts ago, was right, damnitt! He's just got a Wonka type personality, (albeit, not as much as Gene Wilder) He's aged enough to be convincing, but not too old. Remember, Willy Wonka isn't quite yet ready to retire, he just needs an apprentice. Jack Nicholson would be a wickedly good Slugworth. I think all the kids should be played by unknowns. On second thoughts, the miserable little kid who played Anakin in SW2 would be an excellent Mike Teevee. And if they can use the same effects in Lord of the Rings to make Elijah Wood look like a hobbit, then Toby Maguire should be Charlie Bucket. Am I right?