Tim Burton Directing Frankenweenie and Alice in Wonderland in 3D

November 16, 2007
Source: Variety

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 Burton originally made Frankenweenie as a short in 1984.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!

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sarah on Nov 16, 2007


Until James Cameron's Avatar comes out and proves the idea all wrong, I don't think there's anything in this latest wave of "3D" cinema.

avoidz on Nov 18, 2007


This is exciting! I love Tim Burton! I really hope both of these films, especially Alice in Wonderland, turn out very well. I'm looking forward to them!

Bri on Dec 19, 2007


i love tim burton, his movies are amazing, like just the settings and everything with the creepy kind of backgrounds and people, the animated movies corpse bride, nightmare before christmas, and also the movies like sleepy hollow and edward scissorhands, sweeny todd. i love them all.

Danielle on Jan 3, 2008


I love that Tim Burton is doing this but i would have loved to see it done in a moor flesh and blood sence like using people insted fof animation...

Kat on Jan 10, 2008


i agree with kat i would've like to have seen it using people, and not drawings. winona ryder as alice in that blonde wig she wore in scissorhands = winner.

tiffany on Jan 19, 2008


Wow i love every bit of tim burtons films ESSPECIALLY sweeney todd and edward scissorhands, etc. and the same goes for Johnny and Helena bonham carter! im Very excited to see how this will come out becuase Alice in wonderland is a very.. unique.. Oh heck it seems as the writer was stoned when he wrote it! i would LOVE the idea of winona ryder as she was in edward scissorhands.. as alice it would be wonderful! I want johnny depp and Helena bonham C. to be in it for sure though,, I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eden on Jan 29, 2008


Personally, I can't wait to see LAIKA's Coraline, also being done in stop motion and 3D. Directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas), Coraline is certain to be an outstanding film and will set the bar for the other studios to meet (Coraline comes out in Feb 2009, Dreamworks and others are releasing later).

Karen on Feb 25, 2008


I'm looking forward to this. Tim Burton is my idol.

Allison on Feb 28, 2008


OH MY GOD!!!! You cannot understand my excitement! Oh, and winona can't be alice, alice is like 7. :] :] :] :] :] :]

Anndrea on Aug 11, 2008


i love that burtons doing this i cant wait. i think its the best thing since the nightmare before christmas!!!!!!!!!

alicia on Sep 29, 2008


Shooting of Tim Burton’s twisted version of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” has officially begun with the full, set cast finally at hand. Alongside Johnny Depp, the lovely, young, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will be portraying the main role of Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland“.

Daniel on Oct 4, 2008


Shooting of Tim Burton’s twisted version of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” has officially begun with the full, set cast finally at hand. Alongside Johnny Depp, the lovely, young, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will be portraying the main role of Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland“.

Daniel on Oct 4, 2008


I haven't seen anything in 3D so I'm curious to see what Burton does with this. 'I am eating BOTH sides of the mushroom' - Jane Air Love Alice !

Jane Air Poetry on Dec 13, 2008


Obviously it won't be the first 3D movie (Avatar and Dragon Ball Evolution are being released before Wonderland), but Wonderland can break the mould by being the first 3D, crossbreed hybrid (Live Action/animation more stunning than Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Who Framed Roger Rabbit combined), as long as the music industry doesn't attempt to do music videos in 3D.

cartman on Apr 6, 2009


OMG ahhhhh im so excited the tim gang is BACK AHHHHHH TIM HELENA AND JOHNNY YESSS!!!!!!!!

Halle on Apr 17, 2009

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