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Links to our threads on Alice in Wonderland (2010) and earlier film adaptations of Lewis Carroll's story.

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Disney mad for 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel
Mouse House stalwart Linda Woolverton is penning a sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," the 2010 hit that starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. The 3D film went on to earn $1 billion worldwide and scored Oscars for art direction and costume design. . . .
Variety, December 7

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For goodness sakes, what took them so long?

Awful film, and all that. Still, a popular and critical hit. I'm surprised they aren't rolling out the sequel next year, or even this year.


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SDG wrote:

: For goodness sakes, what took them so long?

Well, Depp had another Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2011. And there's The Lone Ranger, which he is also making for Disney next year. And in-between he re-teamed with Tim Burton for Dark Shadows (plus Burton was busy with Frankenweenie).

Interestingly, the IMDb doesn't list any new Burton films in production (or even pre-production) right now.


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Well, Depp had another Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2011. And there's The Lone Ranger, which he is also making for Disney next year. And in-between he re-teamed with Tim Burton for Dark Shadows (plus Burton was busy with Frankenweenie).

Fair enough. And Woolverton, who's only now penning the sequel? What's the reason for not having that in hand 18 months ago?


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Directed by... the Muppets guy?


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Will this be Through the Looking-Glass, or an original story?

Probably an "adaptation" of Through the Looking-Glass that is about as faithful as the last film was to Carroll's first book.

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Johnny Depp Finalizing ‘Alice In Wonderland 2′

EXCLUSIVE: Clearly Johnny Depp‘s reps are in publicity overdrive following a week of bruising bad press when The Lone Ranger bombed and his star status was questioned. The purpose, of course, is to demonstrate that Johnny is very much in demand. And he should be despite the public rejecting both his Tonto and Barnabas Collins roles recently. . . . Today comes news that Depp has a ‘new’ multi-year first look deal at Disney to develop film projects he can produce there. Just one problem: my insiders say that deal (which used to be based at Warner Bros) was set and signed back with Disney in March, not recently, and just never announced. What is new is that Depp is in final discussions at Disney for the much anticipated Alice In Wonderland sequel with James Bobin (of the recent Muppets reboots) subbing for Tim Burton as director. . . .

Deadline.com, July 12

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BTW, a thought just occurred to me: how many other Tim Burton films have had sequels directed by *someone else*? Apart from the Joel Schumacher-directed Batman movies, is there any other precedent for this? Possibly Big Top Pee-Wee (1988), the Randal Kleiser-directed sequel to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)? (I've never seen either film, so I have no idea if the second film was a genuine "sequel" or just another movie starring a comedian in his comic persona.)

Also, when there *have* been sequels to Burton-directed movies, have any of the original films' major stars stuck around before? Pee-Wee Herman, obviously, though one could easily argue that Herman was the driving force behind those films and Burton was just a director-for-hire. But I think the only actor who stuck around after Burton left the Batman franchise was the guy who played Alfred (and maybe one or two of the other relatively minor supporting players).


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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