Mr Beaks gets down to the truth regarding CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
Hey folks, Harry here... Well - seems many of us, myself included got excited about that peek behind the Wonka Walls at John August's script for Tim Burton's next delicious cinematic confection... but alas... it was as substantial as Fizzy Lifting Drink itself. Just a lot of air. John August wrote Beaks to set the whole thing straight and that Stud, Mr Beaks set me straight, and well... I'm passing it along to y'all. Sorry bout dat, here's the lowdown...
Hey you big hunk of red maned lust material,
John August sez the script review is bogus. As you'll
read, he at least gives us an idea of what the
adaptation we'll be like, though much of that
information was dropped in my interview w/ him back in
Note: forwarded message attached.
Subject: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Since you're the one person I can actually put a face to over at AICN, I wondered if you could pass along a note to the Powers That Be regarding Michael Marker's glowing script review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
This guy is completely bullshitting. He hasn't read my draft, or as best I can tell, any draft at all. At best, I can guess he's a slightly-obsessed fan. Notice that it's signed:
"-A loving work of fiction by Michael Marker-"
He made up the entire thing.
I really shouldn't care, but I don't want there to be any vast cognitive dissonance when the movie comes out and 1) Mrs. Bucket doesn't work at a Tennis Shoe Factory, or 2) nothing is even remotely as it is in this guy's review.
If people want spoilers, they can read the original book by Dahl. The movie is ALMOST EXACTLY like the book, with a little extra to explain how Willy Wonka became a candy magnate, and an ending that goes a little further to pay off Wonka's handing-off of the factory to Charlie. With Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, I think the movie will absolutely rock.
Anyway, hope you're doing well.
-- John August