Director Tim Burton is adamant his Charlie And The Chocolate Factory movie remains true to the original novel, after being unimpressed with the 1971 film adaptation.

Gene Wilder played Roald Dahl's literary creation in a musical version of his classic children's tale in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

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