Charlie could have had some fun with fudge! Fifty years after Roald Dahl published his iconic novel about quirky candy maker Willy Wonka, comes a previously unreleased chapter from his beloved book. On Friday, an unused chapter of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was published on The Guardian.
The newly unearthed chapter, from a 1961 draft, describes a previously unmentioned room in the famous factory. The “Vanilla Fudge Room,” features a “colossal jagged mountain” made of “pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge.” The mountainous confection w populated with hundreds of pick and drill toting men, whose job was to hack great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside
The draft also featured more children than the published book – 15 in all — with names like Wilbur Rice, Tommy Troutbeck, Miranda Mary Parker and Marvin Prune. Two of these previously unknown naughty characters met their doom in the vanilla fudge room. The “Fudge Mountain” chapter also had main character Charlie Bucket visiting the chocolate factory with his mother instead of his grandfather, Grandpa Joe.
The fudge room and the extra characters likely would have made it into the script for the 1971 “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie, and perhaps even the 2005 Johnny Depp remake. But Gene Wilder, the man who immortalized the Wonka character on the big screen, probably prefers that the original screenplay anyway. Last year, Moviefone quoted Wilder as saying he didn’t appreciate Tim Burton’s 2005 take on the classic tale. “I think it’s an insult,” the 81-year-old actor said. “Johnny Depp, I think is a good actor, but I don’t care for that director. He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.”
Earlier this month, tongues wagged when Penguin Books released the cover art for a 50th-anniversary edition of Dahl’s classic book, which featured an image of a doll-like little girl dressed like a pageant queen. The bizarre new edition will only be printed in Britain.
Dahl died in 1990, but the birthday of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach” author is celebrated each year on Sept. 13 with Roald Dahl Day. 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and The Roald Dahl Museum in England will feature several special events and activities, including a Golden Ticket trail and Oompa-Loompa led tours.