Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Thank you, Liccy.

I'm not going to lie: I don't have the highest hopes for Tim Burton's take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My esteem for Burton has been waning with every film he's released since Ed Wood and, while the idea of Burton interpreting Roald Dahl is intriguing, the Charlie trailer isn't hot. (Too affected, too '70s kitsch, too much.)
However, it could've been much worse. As reported by the LA Times:
[Dahl's widow] Liccy was able to bargain for explicit approval rights with Warner Bros. over all of the film's key creative talent and exercised that power repeatedly. She personally interviewed screenwriters, dined with actors and once blocked a directing choice proposed by the studio, Bruce Almighty filmmaker Tom Shadyac.

Shadyac?! Thank you for saving us from that, Liccy. God, I hate Hollywood executives. What was it about Patch Adams and Dragonfly that said, "He has the skill and imagination to take on Charlie?" Yeesh. I guarantee you they also tried to sneak Ratner in for a meeting.


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