Ever watch Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with hopes of escaping to a place of such magic? Well, the harsh reality isn’t quite so sweet.
The clever people at Advanced Tech Services have totted up all the expenses to work out the cost of running a real-life Wonka factory – while crushing your childhood dreams in the process.
According to the site, the overall figure comes to a huge $224.6m. They break down costs such as as the Oompa Loompas’ salaries ($73.4m), edible wallpaper ($2,652), a golden goose egg ($6,032) and the chocolate river ($32.7m).
They total the yearly energy costs at $2m – those Oompa Loompas like it warm.
“In addition to the costs of keeping the building running, Wonka certainly spares no expense when it comes to the “wow” factor in his factory,” the site says. “By our estimations, the famous chocolate river needs 150,000 gallons of chocolate, which would come out to a staggering cost of $32.6 million (which includes the cost of purchasing and running the pump to ensure the chocolate is flowing).”
Meanwhile, it was reported back in 2016 that a prequel to the film is in the works. The project is being led by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman – who has teamed up with Warner Bros, who recently bought the rights to the ‘Willy Wonka’ IP from the Roald Dahl estate.
The iconic children’s book, released back in 1964, follows the exploits of the eponymous, impoverished Charlie Bucket, who wins a tour of the reclusive Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It has been turned into two critically acclaimed film adaptations.
Back in November, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard was among the famous names who joined forces to pay tribute to the film with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Elsewhere, Roald Dahl’s widow claimed that the author originally wanted Charlie Bucket to be black.