Relatives of the late, much-loved author Roald Dahl have expressed their shock and distaste at news that Colombian film director Timoteo Burtonez is to film his own "re-imagining" of the children's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in his own inimitable and often controversial style.
"It's as if my grandfather's memory is being raped and there's nothing we can do to stop it," commented Sophie Dahl, well known in her own right as an actress, writer, and for wanting people to envy her lifestyle on television.
Mr. Burtonez, famous in his native country for a string of successful films including the classic "Edward Rizlahands" was seemingly unmoved by the concerns expressed by the Dahl family towards his work,
"What's everyone's problem? The one with Gene Wilder in it was obviously made by people who'd taken shit-loads of acid. Nobody complained about that one."
Indeed it appears that Burtonez's take on the story, reportedly featuring his long-time spouse and regular leading lady Helena Bonham-Cortez, will be a virtual line-by-line remake of the 1971 Warner Brothers' version of Roald Dahl's bittersweet, cautionary tale, if the newly-released teaser-trailer is anything to go by. It shows Guillermo Wonkerez, the charismatic and highly secretive "charlie-man" leading a group of edgy, red-eyed children through his wondrous, jungle-based lair where "almost everything you see is snortable".
Not all were impressed:
"It really is quite deplorable," remarked Dahl's daughter Tessa. "My father's books contained very important messages for young people about railing against authority figures and basically doing whatever you please and now this man is trying to…… ah, hang on a minute, can I start again?"
Amid the storm of controversy Burtonez vowed to continue with the movie, citing his eagerness to move onto his next project, rumoured to be a lavish remake of another Dahl classic, "Fantastic Mr. Fix".
Eager movie-goers will have to wait and see if either project comes to fruition. Until such time, and in the words of the director himself:
"That's a wrap folks!"