Roald Dahl’s classic book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has inspired two major motion picture adaptations and the latest is about to become a game. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has awarded Global Star Software, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the exclusive worldwide license to develop, publish and distribute video games based on director Tim Burton’s upcoming take on the story for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The launch of the first Charlie game is scheduled to coincide with the 2005 release of the film, which stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, a role originated by Gene Wilder in Paramount’s beloved 1971 version, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Twelve-year-old British actor Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) takes on the title role of Charlie, with newcomers Anna Sophia Robb as Violet Beauregarde, Jordan Fry as Mike Teavee, Julia Winter as Veruca Salt and Philip Wiegratz as Augustus Gloop.
In the story, eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. When Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family, draws one of five golden tickets from a candy bar, his life is turned upside-down in Wonka’s fantastic world.
Depp has his work cut out for him since the Wonka character has for decades been closely associated with Wilder, who is voicing Norbert the Owl in DreamWorks’ 2005 animated offering, Over the Hedge (featuring the voices = of Jim Carey and Gary Shandling).
Global Star Software will manage the game development for next generation consoles, handheld and PC. The console games will be developed by High Voltage Software, and the handheld and PC games by Backbone Ent.