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Disney Heads Back Down Rabbit Hole for 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel

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December 7, 2012
Source: Variety

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Frankly, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner with as much money as Alice in Wonderland made in 2010 (over $1 billion worldwide) and all the name-dropping Disney does for the movie on various films that its producers have gone on to make. Variety has word that Disney is developing a sequel to Tim Burton's take on the classic tale that featured Mia Wasikowska as the title character, but advertised Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter like nobody's business. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King writer Linda Woolverton will script the sequel for Disney (she most recently wrote Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie). More below!

There's no details on the story for the sequel, but since Burton's film was only inspired by the characters from Lewis Carroll's two books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass. Frankly, this is one sequel that I'm not looking forward to at all. Burton's film might have been a hit at the box office, but it felt flat creatively and narratively and mostly just resulted in a lot of merchandise for Hot Topic. It's hard to say whether that's the fault of Woolverton or Burton, but maybe this time they can do something a little better. After all, Woolverton has written some of Disney's best films from the 90s, so she's clearly got some sort of magic up her sleeve.  No word on whether or not Burton is returning to direct or which of the film's stars will reprise their roles, so stay tuned for updates.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

keep the focus off Depp and more on Alice on we are good. Wasikowska was great.

Xerxexx on Dec 7, 2012

2

i don't know about a sequel; but, helena bonham carter was great as the queen.

beevis on Dec 7, 2012

3

indeed she was.

Xerxexx on Dec 8, 2012

4

Romantic, isn't she?

Sumie Beg on Feb 15, 2013

5

That movie was great, but I think a sequel would benefit from a looser narrative, or at least more non sequitur scenes. AiW's charm is that most of it either doesn't make sense, or only makes sense on a level that's not immediately obvious. The jumbled riddles and nonsense words helped sell it, but the story was delivered a bit too straightforward.

OfficialJab on Dec 7, 2012

6

If Johnny Depp Is not in the Sequel . I won't be watching it or buying it. I watched the first one and bought it . It was really good. It won't be any good with out Johnny in it .And all the rest of the cast too that was in the first one.And it won't be good unless Tim Burton Makes it.

She She on Dec 7, 2012

7

Quite the opposite IMO, Burton needs to drop this Depp fetish of his, it really shows when he isnt even in the main role of a film but somehow gives him more screen time.

Cody W on Dec 9, 2012

8

"Burton's film might have been a hit at the box office, but it felt flat creatively and narratively and mostly just resulted in a lot of merchandise for Hot Topic." If I was one for laughing out loud, I would have LOL'd.

Tyler Morgan on Dec 8, 2012

9

Nope....NOPE NOPE NOPE

Chris Amaya on Dec 9, 2012

10

I WROTE ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE LION KING, AND BEAUTY AND THE BEAST YOU VILE, EVIL PIECE OF SHIT!!! DISNEY AND EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THESE FILMS WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!! FIRST SHOWING WILL BE SUED FOR SUPPORTING PEOPLE THAT STEAL MY WORK AND POSTING FALSE INFORMATION!!!

JIM on Dec 9, 2012

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