Tim Burton Directing Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland in 3D
The 3D revolution is certainly coming. We already brought you the news from ShowEast that there will be at least 12 to 18 full 3D movies by 2010. On a separate note, a rumor arrived back in October that Tim Burton's Frankenweenie was going to be remade into a full feature. Now on the day of Beowulf's release in 3D, which is the way you need to see it, official news arrives stating that Tim Burton is slated to direct two new 3D films for Disney - Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland.
Alice in Wonderland is first, starting production early next year slated to be finished by May before the strike. The film will combine performance-capture imagery, the kind you see in Beowulf, with live-action footage. How will that work? The script is based on the Lewis Carroll classic and is written by Disney-regular Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Homeward Bound). How do you like the sound of that? "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 3D!"
Following up after Alice in Wonderland is Frankenweenie, the story about a pet dog brought back to life by his loyal owner. As with Nightmare Before Christmas, the film will be stop-motion and 3D. You can read up about that film and the back story at the original article. Burton originally made Frankenweenie as a short in 1984.
I'm still trying to figure out whether 3D is really the "future" or still just a gimmick that is getting better and better. If there is anyone who could pull of great visuals, it's Tim Burton. And I'm more than satisfied having Tim Burton, James Cameron (who is working on Avatar in 3D), and the folks at DreamWorks as the frontrunners of 3D. Warner Brothers, who did that select 20 minutes of Superman Returns in 3D, thanks and nice try, but they're really not going define the future of 3D. Alice in Wonderland may end up being a big deciding factor in the success and future of 3D, so let's hope for the best from Mr. Burton!