On his Instagram profile, Dwayne Johnson surprised fans by revealing that he almost played Willy Wonka in the remake of “ The Fantastic Chocolate Factory ”, directed by Tim Burton in 2005.
In the post, the star showed a scene from the film and wrote:
“’Then a good deed shines in a wicked world.’ This morning, I introduced my babies to one of my all-time favorite movies… “The Fantastic Chocolate Factory”. They loved it and now they expect me to deliver them a room full of chocolate and candy. This will be my next project. Here’s an interesting story: In the early 2000s, iconic director Tim Burton was considering playing Willy Wonka in the remake.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is my chance.’ But I was still starting my career in Hollywood and I didn’t have an outstanding box office performance and I didn’t have enough experience. So the role went to Johnny Depp, who was the biggest star in the world at the time. The rest is history and I continued on my way. […] I always celebrate dreams that didn’t come true because they’re the best things that never happened.
By the way, Netflix has announced that Taika Waititi (‘Thor: Ragnarok’; ‘Jojo Rabbit’) will be responsible for the screenplay, direction and production of two animated series based on the novel ‘The Fantastic Chocolate Factory’, written by Roald Dahl in 1964.
One of the series will explore Charlie’s life as the new manager of the famous Willy Wonka factory, while the other will focus on the Oompa-Loompas.
As of yet, more details have not been revealed, and there is still no preview of the debut in the catalog.
Consult the announcement:
Happy to announce that Taika Waititi (director of JoJo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok and other films) will write, direct and produce 2 animated series based on the Fantastic Chocolate Factory and the Oompa-Loompas.
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– Netflix Brasil (@NetflixBrasil) March 5, 2020
In 2018, the streaming platform had already revealed its intention to adapt the whole of Roald Dahl’s literary work as animated or special series in films or mini-series. Among the series announced, there is also the new adaptation of “Matilda”.
According to THR, Netflix has struck a nine-figure deal that could exceed the first billion dollars in contracts for adaptation rights and production costs. A substantial amount of investment for the works.
There are still no forecasts for the start of this work, but the point is that it will not be expensive.
Consult the announcement:
In total, there will be 16 works to be adapted between “A Fantástica Fábrica de Chocolate” and “O Bom Gigante Amigo” which have already been adapted for the big screen.
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