Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are officially headed back to Wonderland. The twosome who starred in Disney’s 2010 hit, Alice in Wonderland, directed by Johnny’s mate Tim Burton, will reprise their roles as The Mad Hatter and Alice.
Now, admittedly Alice in Wonderland did receive mixed reviews, what with Hatter’s other personality being an angry Scotsman, and the Red Queen’s enormous head, but it was a box office smash thanks to 3D screenings and a masterful PR campaign. Naturally, a sequel was a question of when.
Tim Burton will not helm the project this time around though, which will relieve or disappoint, depending on your opinion of Depp’s long-time film companion. Disney would like us to welcome Muppets director, James Bobin to the team in his place.
The original film’s screenwriter Linda Woolverton has been plugging away at a script entitled The Looking Glass for a while now, but we don’t yet know what the plot will entail. The 2010 adaptation was more of a live-action sequel to the classic animation, taking inspiration from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
What else is there to draw from?
Hopefully something that rakes in the cash, otherwise Disney will be as unamused as Helena Bonham Carter was when grown-up Alice slayed the Jabberwocky.
What we do know, is that the date for release has been set for 27 May 2016, surprising most of us who fully expected a 2015 timeslot. Perhaps they’re not taking any chances with this one?
Or perhaps they didn’t want to steal attention from the live-action version of The Jungle Book, which is due on our cinema screens 9 October 2015.
Are you looking forward to a new live-action Alice in Wonderland?