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 loved the first one honestly. However, as said in the article, I really don’t feel like it needs a sequel. It had solid closure. I’ll wait for more details on what it’s about until I pass judgment, but this doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    • Doesn’t sound like a good idea to me, either, but I’m open to it. I’d rather see Burton focus on Beetlejuice II, though.

    • Yes it does u f****** dum ass

      • Shut the f*ck up you fa*got

  2. I think the whole Alice in Wonderland concept lends itself better to animation than live action…

  3. I liked the visuals of the last film, everything else however was kinda s*** though(script/plot/pace/climax/finale/dialogue etc) and even the visuals got tiresome after awhile.
    I dont blame burton/depp though, I blame the writer, the one who thought alice needed to be more “feminist” and made a flat, boring plot and overuse of mad hatter.

    • +1
      I can’t complain about them trying to make Alice “more “feminist””, to use your words, but the way it was done was terrible. And the actress they got to play Alice was very boring and forgettable too (so much so that her name didn’t even stick with me… and the movie was released not that long ago!)

  4. i thought this was already a sequel. because alice already was there?!?

    • Yeah! Why don’t they make a prequel instead?

  5. No way. The first film was crap, and totally missed the point of Lewis Caroll’s book. But it’s not surprising considering it’s successful box office gross.

  6. I liked the first one. but like others this does not need a sequel. Im interested in whats happening with the Chronicles of Narnia series. I heard that the next movie was going to be The Magician’s Nephew. Any new news on that series?

    • That’d be cool but I imagine they’d rather follow the book release order and since The Magician’s Nephew was released last despite being a prequel story, they’ll do it last with the kids all grown up for the final scene.

      I didn’t like the Narnia movies though.

  7. I am extremely wary of films with those type of visuals, where it is obvious that the studio spent more time and money on developing that kind of look than on cobbling together a decent story, when I was 12 I might have been fooled but now I am extremely cautious. I am also highly suspicious of Oz the great and powerful

  8. I thought the first one ended conclusively. And why does it take so long for them to plan a sequel?

  9. Ugggghh. I despised the first one. Sequels for EVERYTHING are really starting to get annoying.

  10. I loved the first one, and I couldn’t see anyone else but Tim Burton make it. But I know he has a lot planned out on his plate right now, so unfortunately I don’t see him making it.

  11. Why a sequel? The first one was so bad already that I keep forgetting that it actually exists. Only when articles like this come along do I remember it.

  12. The first one was “meh” IMO so I doubt I’ll be seeing this unless they really manage to impress with the casting and trailers.

    • Ugh I really don’t know what made it make so much money. Was it just because there was Johnny Depp playing another quirky character?

      They’ll have to do a lot more than just that to even get me bothered about the sequel.

  13. I didn’t like the first film. I wish Burton would stay away from adaptations. It seems like any classics with dark undertones needs his name slapped on it.

  14. spam spam spam. phew.

  15. I’d definitely appreciate a Beetlejuice sequel over Alice in Wonderland. But they better make sure the story is good so that it doesn’t tarnish the greatness or legacy of the original.

  16. I think Alice in Wonderland Part 2 will be titled “Alice Returns to Wonderland” How does that sound ?

  17. If they did another Alice in Wonderland, (not connected at all to Tim Buton’s) I’d like it to be Amercan McGee’s version which is very dark and horror:)
    Taking something that is bright and colorful and turning it into a grusome story of insanity is always fun:))

  18. i fell so much in love with tarrant and alice, so my first thougt was: FINALLY!!!
    about honestly, it would only be THE alice with mia. and no one could play tarrant better as johnny. so without mia/johnny/burton it just won’t work! without them i would rather have NO sequel of aiw!!!

  19. There is an awful wish for continuation. Everything who wants continuation with me will agree. Very much we ask and we want! ! !

  20. Все кто говорят, что не должно быть “Алиса в стране чудес” -2, так есть же 2 книга ” Алиса в зазеркалье” я думаю, что можно их объединить и сделать продолжение.

  21. I so want a second Alice in Wonderland, I loved the first and in the book there were characters that were never featured in the movie, a Sequal would allow these characters a chance to shine and also while the last film was around leaving behind childhood a Sequal could bring new themes such as love to the world of Alice.

  22. I don’t think it needs a sequel but I really loved the first movie, so I guess i’m pretty excited about it :)

  23. The first one was okay, its only saving grace the chemistry between Alice and the White Queen (not the hatter!). But no need to do a sequel, it would take more than a sequel to correct the idiocy of the first one.

  24. Well…. The first movie wrapped up in a way that a sequel really isn’t necessary, but I still think it would be nice to see one. Though, I do hope Tim Burton does the sequel because he’s so amazing and would make the movie a lot better than if Linda Woolverton did it on her own (no offense. I like her work, too). It would be cool if the sequel was Alice being an adult with a teenage or young child (most likely a girl) of her own. And then maybe her child (who looks a good deal like Alice), falls down the rabbit hole herself and meets the people of Underland, who mistake her for Alice. I think that wouldn’t be a bad plot for a sequel; just saying. :)

  25. Why don’t they make a prequel of the first time she went to Underland?

  26. of course, i mean why people is saying Alice in Wonderland doesn’t need a sequel? Because they haven’t read the second book “Through the Looking Glass” and they NEED to read it, because they are talking sheeeeeet about alice not having a sequel when they haven’t even read the books. it’s necessary having a sequel. only people who have read the 2nd book knows why (;

  27. no , its insane to make a sequel if tim burton an main characters dont sign on, without that it would bomb an be a insult to the first movie

    burton or bust

    an more importantly why , a sequel would be horrible

  28. Yes! I love the Remake of the 1951 version of Alice in wonderland!

  29. I would prefer a live action movie based on either the books or the animated cartoon movie, which shows the first time events to wonderland done right, that disney movie is like a part 2 already which is sad, I wouldn’t mind a thought the looking glass, but also it needs to be done right too, its sad that they couldn’t follow the book plot and needed to feel like they had to rewrite the orignal story because the first plot from the books works fine and their is no need to create a 3rd plot like that disney live action movie, when I went to first see it I thought I was going to see a movie based on either the books or cartoons and not one based in their minds instead. if they can’t do either alice in wonderland right or thought the looking glass without changing the plots maybe they shouldn’t touch them in the first place.