Wilder: Money prompted Willie Wonka remake

HOLLYWOOD, June 2 (UPI) -- Actor Gene Wilder says money is the reason moviemakers are remaking Roald Dahl's fantasy about Willy Wonka.

Wilder, who played Wonka in the 1971 "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory," said it is "pointless" to remake the movie.


Johnny Depp stars in the new film, "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory."

"It's all about money," Wilder told World Entertainment News Network. "It's just some people sitting around thinking 'How can we make some more money?'"

"I don't see the point of going back and doing it all over again," Wilder said. "I like Johnny Depp, and I appreciate that he has said on record that my shoes will be hard to fill. But I don't know how it will all turn out."

Moviemaker Tim Burton said his new movie will be closer to Dahl's book than Wilder's earlier musical version.

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