'Alice in Wonderland 2'? Tim Burton's take on 'Alice' could get a sequel(Read article summary)
Will Johnny Depp return to Wonderland? There may be a sequel to Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland.'
Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is putting together a Beetlejuice 2 script, to tempt backÂ Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. Both of those gentlemen have expressed interest in resurrecting âThe Ghost with the Most,â as has costar Winona Ryder.
However, if Disney gets its way, Burtonâs next film could be a different sequel â namely, a followup toÂ Alice in Wonderland. That Oscar-winning hitÂ was written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Mulan) and features a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, among others.
Woolvertonâs Alice screenplay draws from Lewis Carrollâs classic novel âAliceâs Adventures in Wonderlandâ and its followup âThrough the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.â However, it abandons the episodic madness of Carollâs source material for a heroâs journey narrative where nineteen-year old Alice (Wasikowska) flees a prospective marriage in the real world â only to discover that Wonderland has been awaiting her return, to lead a revolution against the tyrannical Red Queen (Carter). In other words, itâs Alice in Wonderland meets Chronicles of Narnia.
Â VarietyÂ is reporting that Disney has Woolverton penning a sequel, which is also in the process of becoming a stage musical. Thereâs no mention of Burtonâs possible involvement (yet), but he will be made an offer. The same goes for Depp, who is starring in the House of MouseâsÂ Lone Ranger next year â and (probably) is going to make Pirates of the Caribbean 5 sometime in the foreseeable future.
Longtime Screen Rant readers are aware that several members of our staff were disappointed with Alice, for reasons that run deeper than the distracting post-converted 3D and its recycling of Burton/Depp tropes; such as, how it trades in the discernible characters and satire of Carrollâs novels for an ambitious (but, sadly, non-compelling) fantasy allegory where many dark Underland inhabitants and CGI backgrounds blurr together.
However, such complaints didnât prevent Alice from grossing $1 billion worldwide in theaters and snagging Academy Awards for its Art Direction and Costume Design (which is quite macabre and gorgeous). Moreover, it propelled production designer Robert Stromberg on to direct Disneyâs Maleficent â which is to Sleeping Beauty what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz, based on a script created by Woolverton; not to mention, the success ofÂ AliceÂ seemingly influenced the approach on director Sam Raimiâs Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful (as illustrated by the trailer).
Burtonâs film didnât exactly leave the door open for an Alice sequel, as it brought its heroineâs arc to a satisfying conclusion; in addition, what âheartâ it has arises from the suggestion that Alice must leave Underland (re: her childhood) behind her and make her own way in life. A followup kind of seems to defeat the purpose of that, just on principle. Similarly, the universe doesnât seem ripe for further exploration â unlike, say, DisneyâsÂ Wreck-It Ralph, which is alsoÂ getting a sequel.Â Nonetheless, an Alice followup is happening, so expect to learn more over the forthcoming year.
Meanwhile, Burtonâs currently got his eye on two scriptsÂ from screenwriter Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class,Â The Woman in Black): theÂ Miss Peregrineâs Home for Peculiar ChildrenÂ adaptation andÂ Pinocchio, a project co-written byÂ Pushing DaisiesÂ creator Bryan Fuller (with Robert Downey Jr.Â starring as Geppetto).
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.