Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is Getting a Sequel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:03 pm,

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Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is putting together a Beetlejuice 2 script, to tempt back Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. Both of those gentlemen have expressed interest in resurrecting ‘The Ghost with the Most,’ as has costar Winona Ryder.

However, if Disney gets its way, Burton’s next film could be a different sequel – namely, a followup to Alice in Wonderland. That Oscar-winning hit 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.

Woolverton’s Alice screenplay draws from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its followup “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” However, it abandons the episodic madness of Caroll’s source material for a hero’s journey narrative where nineteen-year old Alice (Wasikowska) flees a prospective marriage in the real world – only to discover that Wonderland has been awaiting her return, to lead a revolution against the tyrannical Red Queen (Carter). In other words, it’s Alice in Wonderland meets Chronicles of Narnia.

Variety is reporting that Disney has Woolverton penning a sequel, which is also in the process of becoming a stage musical. There’s no mention of Burton’s possible involvement (yet), but he will be made an offer. The same goes for Depp, who is starring in the House of Mouse’s Lone Ranger next year – and (probably) is going to make Pirates of the Caribbean 5 sometime in the foreseeable future.

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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 Carroll’s novels for an ambitious (but, sadly, non-compelling) fantasy allegory where many dark Underland inhabitants and CGI backgrounds blurr together.

However, such complaints didn’t 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 Disney’s Maleficent – 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 of Alice seemingly influenced the approach on director Sam Raimi’s Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful (as illustrated by the trailer).

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Will Disney’s ‘Oz’ be as successful as ‘Alice’?

Burton’s film didn’t exactly leave the door open for an Alice sequel, as it brought its heroine’s arc to a satisfying conclusion; in addition, what ‘heart’ 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 doesn’t seem ripe for further exploration – unlike, say, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which is also getting a sequel. Nonetheless, an Alice followup is happening, so expect to learn more over the forthcoming year.

Meanwhile, Burton’s currently got his eye on two scripts from screenwriter Jane Goldman (X-Men: First ClassThe Woman in Black): the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children adaptation and Pinocchio, a project co-written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller (with Robert Downey Jr. starring as Geppetto).


Are you excited (or not) about the idea of Alice in Wonderland 2? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Variety

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  1. I second the new Beetlejuice 2 movie, at this point I am more looking forward to Beetlejuice 2 , they did a great job, transfering that first movie to blu ray looks a lot better than the direct tv hd copy thats out their. for some reason it seems to have better quality on blu ray than tv direct tv which it seems better on a hdtv system in any case, I would pick to see a Beetlejuice 2 movie over, a new alice in wonderland four plot movie, since they seem to be skipping the first and second plots and making up their own plot their which is ok, but their not really based off any of the orinal books at this point I would say.

  2. So excited

  3. I for think tims version of alice was one of the most amazing things ive.ever scene i loved it and pray for a second

  4. Loved Alice and would love to see a sequel. could not take my eyes off of Depp as the Madd Hatter.

  5. I would love a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the movie was amazing. I think it would be great if Alice and the Mad hatter ended together.

    • I totally agree! They would make the best couple and in my opinion it really did look like the Mad Hatter was in love with Alice I don’t care what anyone else says.

  6. I agree I would like there to be romance between the Hatter and Alice.

  7. They are filming in Gloucester DOCKS RIGHT NOW!!

  8. Super excited! What?! Alice in Wonderland did not end satisfyingly. It left with needing really a better closure to it. And I think it could be further delved into especially her and The Mad Hatter’s relationship which seemed to suggest that both parties wanted it to be romantic but then it just sort of ended with no further elaboration.

    We only touched the surface since Alice had total memory loss half the time in Alice in Wonderland. I kind of have to wonder if we watched the same movie. Excellent movie, by the way.