‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ wins golden ticket to Broadway


Four years after releasing Tim Burton’s film adaptation 0f Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore), Warner Bros. is reported to be building a stage musical around Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s story.

Among the names said to spearhead the project are Sam Mendes, David Greig, Mark Shaiman and Scott Whitman.

Mendes is currently attached as producer, along with his partner at Neal Street Productions, Caro Newling, but the probability of him directing the musical is high. Best known for his multi-award-winning directorial turn in 1999’s Oscar best picture American Beauty, Mendes had been an accomplished stage director before he turned to filmmaking, working on such productions as Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming.

Damascus playwright Grieg is set to pen the play while the formidable duo of Shaiman and Whitman, who previously collaborated on the 2007 film version of the Broadway hit Hairspray, will compose the music.

Dahl’s timeless story, about a poor boy who wins a golden ticket to tour the factory of famous chocolatier Willy Wonka, has been adapted a number of times on television and on the big screen.