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...."

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Yeah, but he'll always have Blazing Saddles!


Heh, you know, I wouldn't be so sure. I would not be at all surprised by a horrifying Blazing Saddles remake starring Martin Lawrence or Cedric the Entertainer and David Spade or Will Farrell. Just the thought makes me shudder. Hope Mel Brooks has nice, strong contract rights... and more importantly, respectful heirs! =)