Question: Is it true that Tim Burton will be directing the remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the lovely Marilyn Manson? Rumors say this news was reported on TV Guide Online, but I must have missed the story. ? Curtis
Flickchick: Along with many other news outlets, TV Guide Online did indeed run an item to that effect in February 2001, based on a report that appeared in UK tabloid The Sun. The following day TVGO did a follow-up story, reporting that this story had been denied by all concerned. Frankly, if there has to be a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I wish it were Tim Burton at the helm: If anyone has a sensibility that would mesh perfectly with Roald Dahl's, it's the man who made Sleepy Hollow. I'm not so sure about Marilyn Manson, but I'd be willing to keep an open mind. But the remake, which is in development at Warner Bros., is in fact scheduled to be directed by Gary Ross (Pleasantville) from a Scott Frank screenplay. Nicolas Cage has been mentioned for the role of Willy Wonka (played in the original by Gene Wilder), but nothing is confirmed.