Remaking Gene Wilder
Poor Gene Wilder: Two of his films, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and The Producers (1968), are getting remade this year. First, Johnny Depp stars as Wonka in the upcoming Tim Burton film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which Burton is careful to claim is not a remake--but we know better), then Matthew Broderick takes on Leo Bloom in the upcoming film version of The Producers.
Fortunately, we'll always have Wilder's inimitable Dr. Frankenstein ("it's pronounced Fronkensteen!") in Young Frankenstein, and as for Wilder's performance as Willy Wonka--particularly his rendition of "Pure Imagination"--well, as Astaire says to Rogers, "They can't take that away from me...."