Ew, gross! Another unnecessary reboot? Yes, that’s definitely the trend going on in Hollywood, but just because a remake, reboot, or reimagining, it doesn’t mean there is absolutely no joy to be had from said film. I would point to such films as Scarface and Spider-Man: Homecoming as evidence of that.
One of the many films to be getting the remake treatment is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…sort of. According to THR, director Paul King is set to helm the Roald Dahl classic for a new film entitled Willy Wonka. As the title indicates, this will likely not be a strict adaptation of the original novel, but a different take altogether.
The last time we saw a remake of this property was almost 15 years ago with the Tim Burton remake, starring Johnny Depp. While I personally felt that movie got a bad rap, a lot of folks didn’t care for that movie, and since it didn’t live up to the original, it makes sense that we’d do everything at all costs to avoid another remake.
But in this case, I may make an exception. For those who don’t know, Paul King is the director of the exceptionally charming Paddington movies, the most recent of which didn’t receive a single negative review on Rotten Tomatoes. Why not give the guy who’s done so well with that property another shot at an iconic British story?
While this film will likely not hold a candle to the original Gene Wilder film (because it’s great…and nostalgia is a hell of a drug), there could still be a lot of joy to be mined in the right hands.
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