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 dormouse ( 26th May 2003, 10:48, Rank: Jedi )  reply

tim burton doing a dahl story shouldn't be allowed :)

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 karne ( 29th May 2003, 10:28, Rank: GSV )  reply

why not? he'd the best option by far..

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 John Kirk ( 29th May 2003, 10:57, Rank: Patrician )  reply

He might be a good choice in the sense that it would be a popular film, and it would get lots of money, but I probably wouldn't watch it myself. With "Batman Returns", it seemed like the producers had just said "Here you are, go wild", and he put in stuff that was gratuitously weird - style over substance. And although I heard lots of good things about "Nightmare before Christmas", I gave up on that after the first 10 minutes or so.

Now, obviously Roald Dahl's books are also rather strange, but I don't think that necessarily makes them a good match. If you think of normality as a scatter graph, then most films are clumped around the X/Y origin, which means it's fairly easy to find a suitable director. If Dahl's stuff is +1000 on the X-axis, and Burton's stuff is +1000 on the Y-axis, they'll be incompatible. Or something like that...

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 karne ( 29th May 2003, 12:08, Rank: GSV )  reply

um.. personally I'd say Dahl's and Burton's work were highly compatible. Both have a slightly baroque, 'weird and spiky' feel and both play with fears and nightmares. There's a reason that paricular artist was used for most of dahl's books. imho anyways ]:=8)

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 John Kirk ( 29th May 2003, 12:52, Rank: Patrician )  reply

Actually, now I think about it, "Planet of the Apes" was entertaining (aside from the really stupid ending!), so he might do a decent job.

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 karne ( 29th May 2003, 12:56, Rank: GSV )  reply

Of all his work, i like edward Scissorhands the best

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 dormouse ( 5th Jun 2003, 11:50, Rank: Jedi )  reply

what karne said - they *are* the perfect match, so combining them should be utterly terrifying...

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 Sulkyblue ( 5th Jun 2003, 11:57, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

I'd say that they're a pretty good match if they're going to try and make a darker more adult version rather than the sacarine original film. Compare Nightmare Before Xmas, Sleepy Hollow or Edward Scissorhands with Roald Dahls Revolting Rhymes or soemthign like that and I'd say they're a perfect match.
If they want a sweet, sickly version of the film, then he's probably not such a good idea, but there's already one of them and the author hated it. I think this version could be very interesting so long as it's not over commercialised.

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