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Depp's Golden "Wonka" Ticket?

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#1    Starlyte


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Posted 21 August 2003 - 04:00 PM

It could soon be Oompa Loompa time for Johnny Depp.

Currently sailing the seas as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl's Captain Jack Sparrow, the thespian may be foregoing the rum for some everlasting gobstoppers--he's the frontrunner to play Willy Wonka in director Tim Burton's update of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, sources confirmed Wednesday.

Earlier reports initially had Warner Bros. and the helmer eyeing Christopher Walken and Michael Keaton (news) as everyone's favorite Candy Man.

But Burton and Warners sweetened on Depp following the blockbuster success of Pirates of the Carribbean, according to Daily Variety. That swashbuckling adventure has grossed over $200 million worldwide and already has a sequel in the works.

If Burton punches Depp's golden ticket, it would mark the versatile actor's fourth starring role for the director: Depp cut up the screen as the title character in 1990's Edward Scissorhands, played the legendary cross-dressing, angora-obsessed B-moviemaker in 1994's Ed Wood (news) and kept his head as Ichibod Crane in 1999's Sleepy Hollow.

Depp also has bona fides as a candy lover, having showed off his sweet tooth in the 2000 Miramax confection, Chocolat.

Warners has long wanted to redo the twisted kiddie story, but Dahl was never a big fan of the 1971 adaptation, titled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and starring Gene Wilder (news), which the author thought was half-baked (even though it's now considered a cult classic). Since his death, Dahl's estate has been hesitant to green-light another movie version.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:18 PM


This is a movie that they really don't need to remake.  It's classic!  Everytime I see Gene Wilder, I automatically think of Willy Wonka.  AND if Burton's doing this, just remember what he did to Planet of the Apes.    screama.gif  screama.gif  

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:29 PM

Ah, man, I love Burton, but yeah, this is a classic.  It's sooo gonna suck.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 07:54 PM

I want these actors

Charlie-haily joel osment or mculey culkin (sorry fro the spelling)
Wonka-Nick Cage
Grandpa-Robin williams
1 of the oompa loompas-Verne troyer (couldnt resist

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 08:01 PM

I keep picturing Michael Richards (Kramer) as Wonka.

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Posted 22 August 2003 - 01:21 AM

as much as I love Tim Burton's works(except for the suckfest remake of Planet of the Apes), how he can possibly think he can be capable of remaking this movie, (although i dont think any director should even think of remaking Wonka either)... Its just that Burton has such a dark, morbid and twisted view of things that I fear he might ruin Willy Wonka for many...

a lot of the box office flops happen to be remakes, why havent these writers,directors, etc., taken notice of this...

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Posted 24 August 2003 - 07:55 AM

I agree they shouldn't remake it but Depp rocks.  

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 02:08 AM

Because Michael Richards kinda walks like an old man. But anyway. Ian Mckellen should play the grandpa. I wanna see him sing that Golden Ticket song.

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 07:18 AM

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Posted 15 September 2003 - 11:45 PM

I'm sorry but if it's got the lovely Johnny Depp wub.gif in it I'll be watching it...*drool*....oh and he's a great actor as well wink2.gif  

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 12:43 PM

Yeah, it was a complete classic.

But did anyone else here the rumours that Marilyn Manson was to play Willy Wonka?

Hows about that?

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 11:32 PM

Macaulay Culkin is dating Mila Kunis. Now how is that possible?
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Posted 17 September 2003 - 05:04 AM

siphis, why did you have to go and make me cry?

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 03:51 PM

They should do a sequel not a remake.

Tim has some great movies out there, my favs are: Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Sizzorhands just to name a few.

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Posted 19 September 2003 - 07:36 PM

I'll be watching it, if only for the fiiiiine Depp!


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