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Which Is Your Favorite Tim Burton Movie?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 

is Getting a Sequel

4 months ago by Sandy Schaefer
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is getting a sequel

Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 
screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is putting together
 a Beetlejuice 2 script, to tempt back Beetlejuice star 
Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. Both of those 
gentlemen have expressed interest in resurrecting ‘The 
Ghost with the Most,’ as has costar Winona Ryder.
However, if Disney gets its way, Burton’s next film could 
be a different sequel – namely, a followup to Alice in 
Wonderland. That Oscar-winning hit was written by 
Linda Woolverton (The Lion KingMulan) and features a 
cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and 
Helena Bonham Carter, among others.

Woolverton’s Alice screenplay draws from Lewis Carroll’s 
classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its 
followup “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found 
There.” However, it abandons the episodic madness of Caroll’s 
source material for a hero’s journey narrative where nineteen-year 
old Alice (Wasikowska) flees a prospective marriage in the real 
world – only to discover that Wonderland has been awaiting her 
return, to lead a revolution against the tyrannical Red Queen 
(Carter). In other words, it’s Alice in Wonderland meets 
Chronicles of Narnia.

Variety is reporting that Disney has Woolverton penning a 
sequel, which is also in the process of becoming a stage 
musical. There’s no mention of Burton’s possible involvement 
(yet), but he will be made an offer. The same goes for Depp, 
who is starring in the House of Mouse’s Lone Ranger next 
year – and (probably) is going to make Pirates of the 
Caribbean 5 sometime in the foreseeable future.

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland

Longtime Screen Rant readers are aware that several 
members of our staff were disappointed with Alice,
 for reasons that run deeper than the distracting 
post-converted 3D and its recycling of Burton/Depp 
tropes; such as, how it trades in the discernible 
characters and satire of Carroll’s novels for an ambitious 
(but, sadly, non-compelling) fantasy allegory where
 many dark Underland inhabitants and CGI backgrounds 
blurr together.

However, such complaints didn’t prevent Alice from
grossing $1 billion worldwide in theaters and snagging
 Academy Awards for its Art Direction and Costume 
Design (which is quite macabre and gorgeous). Moreover, 
it propelled production designer Robert Stromberg on to 
direct Disney’s Maleficent – which is to Sleeping 
Beauty what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz, based 
on a script created by Woolverton; not to mention, 
the success of Alice seemingly influenced the approach
 on director Sam Raimi’s Oz prequel Oz The Great 
and Powerful (as illustrated by the trailer).

The trailer for Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful

Will Disney’s ‘Oz’ be as successful as ‘Alice’?
Burton’s film didn’t exactly leave the door open for an Alice 
sequel, as it brought its heroine’s arc to a satisfying conclusion; 
in addition, what ‘heart’ it has arises from the suggestion that 
Alice must leave Underland (re: her childhood) behind her and 
make her own way in life. A followup kind of seems to defeat 
the purpose of that, just on principle. Similarly, the universe 
doesn’t seem ripe for further exploration – unlike, say, Disney’s 
Wreck-It Ralph, which is also getting a sequel. Nonetheless, 
an Alice followup is happening, so expect to learn more over 
the forthcoming year.

Meanwhile, Burton’s currently got his eye on two scripts 
from screenwriter Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class
The Woman in Black): the Miss Peregrine’s Home for 
Peculiar Children adaptation and Pinocchio, a project 
co-written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller (with 
Robert Downey Jr. starring as Geppetto).
Are you excited (or not) about the idea of Alice in 
Wonderland 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Source: Variety

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