Willy Wonka: Who owns the right to it?

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  1. Jay_Sharp

    Jay_Sharp Stunt Coordinator

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    For reasons know only to myself, does anyone know who owns the rights to Willy Wonka?

    I remember vaguely something about a modernized retelling of Wonka or perhaps it was a sequel? Was Warners doing it?

    Is R. Dahl still alive? Wouldn't he ultimately own the rights to it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. David Lambert

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    Warner Brothers owns the rights to it. Here at HTF we just got through waging an all-out battle with them last fall to secure an OAR relese of this treasured classic in the new Special Edition DVD release (an upgrading of the previous "25th Anniversary" DVD release that WB put out).

    We won, too.

    Do a search for "Wonka" and you'll find LOTS of info about it.

    Roald Dahl died on Nov. 23, 1990.

    I'm curious for details behind your reasons, if you're willing to share them.
     
  3. Bill McA

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    Warner only owns the rights to the 1971 film, not the Wonka character itself...that I imagine is owned by the Dahl estate.
    Incidently, the film was theatrically released in 1971 by Paramount!
     
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    If you are planning on making a new movie, I have only a few requests

    1-Use the songs from the book, no Oompa Loompa Doobady Doo crap

    2-The book, it is your god, it is your bible. Worked for Harry Potter and LOTR. Dahl obviously had something other than tobacco in his pipe when he wrote that script for Wonka
     
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    There is a remake in the works. Screenplay by Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Get Shorty) , attatched director Rob Minkoff (Stewart Little).
    Here are Frank's reasons for picking up the pen on this one, culled from Corona's Coming Attractions
     
  6. David Lambert

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    While I've never read the books that WWatCF were based on, I've read numerous other of Roald Dahl's books. You're right, he IS dark in places (and folks thought the boat ride in WW was dark...guys, that could be nothing, really).
    If we are going to be treated to a new film based on the same book, but sticking closer to the book's storyline, then first perhaps ask Tim Burton how well that worked out for him on Planet of the Apes, hmmmm? [​IMG]
     
  7. Dan Brecher

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    Guys, discussion on Wonka rights issues, possible re-make and sequel are more suited to the movies forum. Moving the thread there.

    Dan (UK)
     
  8. TheoGB

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    Count me with the Frank camp. Dave, you gotta read Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and, for that matter, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, which I loved just as much. In fact, they should make a film of that too!
     
  9. Kyle McKnight

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    Dan, since this got moved to movies, shouldn't the "Who owns the rights to The Ben Stiller Sow" be moved to the TV section?
     
  10. Dan Brecher

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    Kyle, not really as the Stiller thread is in relation to a hopeful DVD release.

    Dan (UK)
     
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    General Mills made the original film, which was distributed by Paramount in 1971.
     
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    No, Quaker (Oats) made the original film, not General Mills.
     
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    Yes, it's CHARLIE and the Chocolate factory. Read the book, you'll never watch that movie again. The sequel is "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"
     
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