Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I remember sitting in class in the late 1980's and reading aloud a chapter from a novel written by Roald Dahl. I had no clue at the time, being a 9 year old child that there was a movie out there that coincided with the book. It wasn't until I started working here that I regained interest in the Wonka franchise and actually went out to rent the 1971 release of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. When I heard that there was a new Johnny Depp poster coming in I was pretty excited, after all he is my favorite actor. As Willy Wonka, the obsessive, neurotic candy factory owner, it will be interesting to see how Depp molds the character originally played by Gene Wilder.
I guess it's not such a big deal that Production companies take ideas from generations past and market them to us today. They are classics for a reason, and if we loved these movies when we were younger, why shouldn't the next generations of young creative minds have the same opportunities we did. It is becoming increasingly difficult to see movies made before the 80's and if remaking them into big budget productions with tones of special effects and wardrobe sets is going to be the only way the youth of today will get to see them, then I for one am willing to forgive the studios for taking a few years off of creating original work.