I was really excited when I learned that Tim Burton is remaking Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, though I believe the new one will carry the original books name, Charlie and the Glass Elevator. I have been saying for year that I wish Tim Burton would remake The Wizard of Oz. However, I am more inclined to think he should make a movie based on the book Wicked. Basically this book covers the life of the Wicked Witch of the West from birth until death. Very interesting book and a nice "hole filler" for The Wizard of Oz. And I believe that only Tim Burton could direct such a film. Any other books or movies anyone would like to see made or remade? And specific director/writer/actor(s) in mind?
Originally posted by Keith Wilson: IIRC the original (Roald Dahl) book was called 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' - the sequel was called 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'. I could be wrong though...
Tales of Manhattan . I have never seen it but I'd love to. Here's the story : A coat passes from Charles Boyer bringing tragedy or luck to a long line of people it gets passed to, before it finally drops out of the sky containing thousands of dollars in the pockets and landing on the dirt plot of a sharecropper. I'd love to see a remake based on the story-line of what happens to a T-shirt discarded at a charity shop in First Avenue. It gets rejected again as junk, by women drowning in a sea of blackbags. The reject pile gets collected and the unthinkable happens. A charitable act turns commercial and gets sent to Trans-America or Africa(bar countries who have domestic markets like S Africa,Nigeria , Eritrea but who have thriving black markets) as export goods. T-shirts have slogans usually, so it would great viewing to see what happens to a T-shirt with slogans like "I take everything I can for my Kleptomania" "me=me" "I am having an Out-of-money experience" On checking, there have been 5 versions already: Nos 1-4 are not noteworthy apparently. "In 5, thrown from a plane by a burglar, the coat, with $41,000 in it, lands among poor black sharecroppers (Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, et al) who put it to good use. This last part, judged by many (especially later on) a racially demeaning, speaks loudly about the insensitivity of the times. Film has creamy black and white photography and no less than 13 scriptwriters." regards [ October 08, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
I have vague memories of reading the "Great Glass Elevator" sequel when I was young, and I remember liking it very much. After the elevator crashes through the factory roof at the end of "Chocolate Factory," they keep going, and for some reason travel great distances and have many adventures. They are menaced at one point by a creature (or some number of them) called the "Vermicious Knid," which was a sort of blob-like thing that crashes into the elevator. They may even explode. I remember liking this part immensely. Anyway, years later, when I played through single-player Quake for the first time, I ran into... what are those things called? The bouncy, blue blobs that explode if they touch you? I can't remember what they're called in Quake, but to me they will always be Vermicious Knids. Yes, my mind is a festering cesspool of popular culture. Sorry.
Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger: I was really excited when I learned that Tim Burton is remaking Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, though I believe the new one will carry the original books name, Charlie and the Glass Elevator.
I have a feeling that this will suck. It makes me think of remaking Casablanca. Certain movies are perfect and should never be remade. The Wizard of Oz is another one that should be left alone.
Originally posted by Thomas Paul: I have a feeling that this will suck. It makes me think of remaking Casablanca. Certain movies are perfect and should never be remade. The Wizard of Oz is another one that should be left alone.
I disagree. Willy Wonka as a movie with Gene Wilder was good, but Roald Dahl had always said he was very disappointed in it which is one of the primary reasons it was never re-done. Also, the fact that Johnny Depp is the front runner to play Willy Wonka makes it even more exciting to me. I'm a big fan of the people involved with this which makes it a good remake in my opinion. FYI - Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are co-producers of the film. A bit strange, but they tend to be doing this kind of thing a lot here lately. And I would probably agree about remaking The Wizard of Oz as is. Which is why I would probably rather he just make Wicked. Dorothy isn't even in Wicked till the very end, and the author paints a different picture of the girl who's house killed the Wicked Witch of the East.
To be made: Neuromancer by William Gibson (there was a rumour it might be in the works, directed by Chris Cunnigham of those Aphex Twin and Squarepusher videos) I'd quite like to see one of Iain M Banks "Culture" novels on screen too, probably Consider Phlebas or Excession Canal Dreams by Iain Banks would make a cool manga film (and not just because features a Japanese woman!)