On the positive side...the fact that burton is doing it makes me quite happy. I love his stuff and haven't felt really disapointed by anything he's done....that comes immediately to mind anyway. I hear he's also doing Batman: The Musical which will come out on broadway in like a year or two. Eh... Still, I guess that's no reason to not still give him the benefit of the doubt.
Not surprising with burton running the show, the early info seems to be at the series will be quite a bit darker than the original. Not that Gene Wilder wasn't pretty fucking creepy as Willy Wonka if you really watch the movie and think about it. It's the fact that with the songs and other things going on, it looks pretty lighthearted but there's something dark and sinister in there no matter how it's disguised.
In the end, it's probaly a moot point. I never seem to get around to seeing movies. I've wanted to see Kung-Fu Hustle for weeks now with no success. I've not yet caught the revenge of the sith either, and not simply because of the plethora of reviews bashing the darn thing. Other than Kingdom of Heaven, I think the last movie I saw in the theatre was the movie version of Phantom of the Opera.
I wonder if they're going to go find a bunch of dwarves to play the Oompah Loompahs or just take the easy way out and CGI them.
*: True dungeon is an unbelievably popular event being held at Gencon where you get to walk through a constructed dungeon, solving puzzles, killing monsters, etc. It's lotsa fun and quite immersive. The sets are elaborately designed and it's a must-see for every person who goes to gencon IMO. They sell Treasure Tokens, chits which represent everything from a Great Sword +1 to Waterskins in randomized packs. Much like your average CCG when it comes down to it. For a purchase of $250, you got a golden ticket which allows you to go to a pre-gencon run through the dungeon along with gencon VIPs and other luminaries. I split a $250 pack with someone online and have a ticket. It's going to be spiffy.