However, 34 years later, Burton has cast Johnny Depp to play Willy Wonka - and is satisfied the hunky actor's portrayal of Dahl's character is far superior to Wilder's.
Burton tells Britain's EMPIRE magazine, "I know a lot of people love it (Willy Wonka), but I found the movie to be quite disturbing.
"Also I don't feel the same way about that movie as I did about PLANET OF THE APES and so I don't feel the personal pressure that I did on Apes. We tried to keep in the spirit of the book."
Depp adds, "Tim's sticking much closer to the book, in Tim's own particular way."29/03/2005 08:58