'Muppets' Director Stays at Disney for 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel
Director James Bobin successfully brought Jim Henson's most cherished friends back to the big screen with The Muppets, and he's currently hard at work on the sequel The Muppets…Again! Now it looks like he'll be continuing his career at Disney with a surprising new project. Variety has word that Bobin is currently in talks to take on the Alice in Wonderland sequel, tentatively titled Into the Looking Glass, continuing the story which began with director Tim Burton in 2010. Linda Woolverton is back to script the sequel which brings back Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
Though the film wasn't really a home run as a piece of cinema (Burton's gothic style seemed to hold the film back from being truly great), the film was a huge hit, pulling in over $1 billion worldwide and scoring some Academy Award nominations in technical categories for art direction and costume design. It's not clear what story the sequel will tell, or what Lewis Caroll books might inspire the sequel, but hiring someone like Bobin to follow in the footsteps of Burton's unique style is certainly intriguing. It should be quite the departure from the lighthearted comedy of The Muppets. Thoughts?