On September 13, 1916, children’s author Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales. Although his career was focused mainly in print, Dahl’s career has made a significant contribution to popular film. The author is behind such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, all which have seen big-screen adaptations. His career in the film industry includes several screenwriting endeavors. He wrote an early script for the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and another for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although both of these scripts were later reworked by other screenwriters. As if his scripts being thrown out and reworked wasn’t enough to make him steer clear of the film business, Dahl also wrote the initial script for the film adaptation of his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paramount Pictures, however, brought in a second screenwriter, David Seltzer, to write another version with the character focus falling on the magical chocolatier Willy Wonka instead of the young boy Charlie in Dahl’s novel. The title of the film was also changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to reflect the importance of the character. Continue reading →
After three decades away from the big screen, everyone’s favorite road-warrior, Mad Max, is finally coming back with a bang! This Friday the new installment, Fury Road, from original series writer/director George Miller (St. Vincent’s Revue Film, The Witches of Eastwick) will be out in theaters. Taking over for Mel Gibson (Braveheart, The Patriot) is Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) as Mad Max, with Charlize Theron (Monster, The Italian Job), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past), and series veteran-actor Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max, Moby Dick) making up the supporting cast. As I understand it this will be a legitimate fourth installment, and not a remake or series reboot (like what is possibly happening with the Indiana Jones series. Fury Road will once again find Max wandering the desolate post-apocalypse Australian desert, when he joins forces with Furiosa (Theron) and agrees to help her cross the desert in order to find her homeland and escape an tyrant who would imprison her as a slave. Here’s the trailer one more time on MADE. Be sure to check it out on the big screen this weekend!