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'Muppets' Director Stays at Disney for 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel

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May 30, 2013
Source: Variety

Alice in Wonderland

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?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

Oh Bother.

DAVIDPD on May 30, 2013

2

Curve ball. I suppose it could be good but I'm probably wrong

N. on May 30, 2013

3

Cool. I liked Burton's.

OfficialJab on May 30, 2013

4

Mia has the dream career she wants right now, thanks to the original. She has no reason to do this pointless sequel.

J on May 30, 2013

5

On the other hand it might not work without her. Universal learned this lesson the hard way. Replacing Mia Wasikowska with another actress (most likely a dull one) for Alice would be like replacing John Goodman with Mark Addy for Fred Flintstone. Universal knows what I'm talking about. More obscure movie fans might call this idea of changing the cast as "doing a Flintstones".

Jezza on May 31, 2013

6

Depp's depiction of the Mad Hatter shed new light on one of the most fascinating characters from fiction............It will be interesting what he does with this sequel

$15717468 on May 31, 2013

7

I want to see Burton's work on this film :с

Abbey on Jun 7, 2013

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