In an alternate universe, Roald Dahl did not enjoy the success of his beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Instead, he wrote a dismally unpopular book called Charlie and the Horchata Factory, in which Willy Wonka’s golden ticket campaign is an attempt to unload his unprofitable horchata factory, thereby staving off personal bankruptcy and a looming labor strike led by disgruntled Oompa-Loompas.
You recently recommended the 1996 Ray Liotta film Unforgettable to someone, explaining that it was a film directed by John Dahl about a medical examiner who uses an experimental procedure for memory transference to solve a series of murders.
However, the conversation breaks down as you find yourself saying, “No, John Dahl is a director. He didn’t write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You’re thinking of Roald Dahl.”