Danny Elfman talks about Charlie and the chocolate factory
Film composer Danny Elfman told SCI FI Wire that, while
he's finishing the score for Spider-Man 2, he's doing preliminary work
on Tim Burton's upcoming fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
"As soon as I'm done with Spider-Man 2, I jump right into both Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory and another animated Tim Burton film called The
Corpse Bride," Elfman said in an interview.
Elfman, who previously composed the music for such Burton films
as Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Big
Fish, sounded particularly excited about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
"It just looks like it's going to be tons of fun," he said. "The first attempt
at writing a first idea for a song [was] so whacked out. I just sat there writing
this crazy thing in the middle of the night and put 20 voices on it myself as
a demo. I sent it out there, and Tim liked it."
Elfman added, "[The film] is going to be really great. It seems
like really fertile ground. The script is good. I like Johnny Depp a lot. So
I think doing an adaptation from the book could be great. I know it's always
dangerous doing a remake of something that's much loved. I've been down this
road before. I just hope it gets a shot at being its own thing." Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory, based on the Roald Dahl children's book, is in
preproduction now with an eye toward a July 2005 release.