And that reason, I suspect, rhymes with honey, sunny, and funny.
Variety is reporting that Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script for the original, is writing a sequel. In retrospect it’s not hard to see why—Alice made a billion dollars worldwide—but still… a sequel to Alice in Wonderland? Really? Did anyone ask for this?
There’s no news yet on whether Burton will return to direct the new movie or what its plot will be. My first though was “Oh, this will be Through the Looking Glass, then,” but Bleeding Cool notes that that probably won’t be the case, as Looking Glass “was raided in part for the first picture and, well, we’re already working with a different Alice. I expect the new film may take plenty of Looking Glass‘ plot beats, maybe even its title, but it’s at the very least going to have to distort it in the same fashion as the first movie.”
I think one thing’s a fair bet: Johnny Depp returning as the Mad Hatter. Why would they even do it otherwise?
Hollywood, I have a proposition for you. Alice in Wonderland was the movie that started the “edgy fairy tale” trend that, two years later, shows no signs of dying down. Can its sequel be the one to end it? You’ll still have a few years to get all the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Maleficents and Cinderella remakes and Jack the Giant Slayers and Oz the Great and Powerfuls and Alice in Wonderland procedural dramas out of your system. And then let’s close the loop. OK? Please?
(via: Bleeding Cool)