The end is near. The movie to end all movies is scheduled to go into filming and production sometime in 2004, and I am so pumped!
Stephanie pointed out this link to me a few days ago, and when we saw that Tim Burton would be directing Charlie and the Cholocate Factory, we couldn’t help but discuss over and over who Willy Wonka might be. At first I thought that no one could out-do Gene Wilder’s performance, and that Burton could get away with re-casting him. But then I realized that was a totally unoriginal idea, and not something Burton would ever do. Plus, Wilder is probably too old now.
So Steph and I got to talking. Who would Wonka be? We threw out a few names. Dustin Hoffman (being that he can play anyone perfectly). Johnny Depp seemed to be a strong player since he’s about the right age and has a strange magical sparkle to him. Then Steph said, “What about Christopher Walken? He could even do a dance number since he’s a pro dancer.” My first reaction was, “No, Christopher Walken is too dark for Wonka.”
Then I thought about it some more. And more. And more.
Christopher Walken would be perfect. I forgot that Tim Burton is directing this film. It’s going to be dark no matter what, but still have that certain sense of innocence and magical playfullness that Burton puts into all his films. And Walken could pull that off perfectly. Not that I would disagree with Depp being cast. I would love to see that too. But the idea of Walken as Wonka really appeals to me. Steph agrees.
Then Steph found this just a few minutes ago. Take a look under the “technical details” section. Johnny Depp. Christopher Walken. Michael Keaton? Well, okay, I didn’t see that one coming, but still. It seems Burton agrees with us. Granted, these are rumors, but I’m very interested to see how this all plans out.
That’s gonna be one great movie.