If you haven’t yet had your fill of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland — or of live-action updates on children’s classics, for that matter — a new film from director Brenda Chapman is doubling down on all of the above. The co-director of Pixar’s Brave is preparing to make her live-action debut with Come Away, a movie that combines elements of J.M. Barrie and Lewis Carroll’s beloved books into one magical (and kind of sad) story.
Alice in Wonderland
Disney’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland was an international box office juggernaut, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who actually liked the damn thing. Still, over $1 billion at the box office goes a long way to helping a studio forget that they had somehow managed to release Tim Burton’s worst movie (no easy feat), featuring Johnny Depp’s worst performance (which is even more impressive). So when you gaze upon the first posters for Alice: Through the Looking Glass and wonder “Why is this movie a thing?”, remember that the answer is a Scrooge McDuck-sized vault of cash.
The release of ‘Big Eyes’ marks the 17th film of director Tim Burton and one of the biggest departures in his 30 year career as a feature filmmaker. A seemingly straightforward drama about painter Margaret Keane, the movie sees one of the most fantastical filmmakers in the world making a rare trip back down to Earth. To mark the occasion, we delved into Burton’s filmography with one mission: to rank his films from worst to best. Some choices were easy (he’s made some really lousy films) and others were difficult (he’s made a handful of genuinely great movies), and through it all, he proved to be fascinating, often maddening subject. Few directors stoke the ire of movie fans quite like Burton, but when he’s on point, no one can do what he does.
Rhys Ifans, who recently played The Lizard in 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' has just been cast in 'Alice in Wonderland 2' as the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, even though Ifans is four years Depp's junior. The magic of cinema!
With a budget of upwards of a reported $180 million, it may have seemed like a surprise choice to tap Robert Stromberg to direct Disney's tent-pole summer offering, 'Maleficent,' starring Angelina Jolie as the title character made famous as the villain in 'Sleeping Beauty.' John Lee Hancock had been brought onto the project for reshoots, a notion that today Stromberg bristles at hearing -- claiming that Hancock was only there to help make cuts to the first act and any reshoots were still shot by Stromberg. Ahead, Stromberg addresses the reshoot stories in depth.
Fans of Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland,' starring Mia Wasikowska as the lead heroine and Johnny Depp as the eccentric Mad Hatter, now have 'Alice in Wonderland 2' to look forward to on May 27, 2016. The sequel will take Alice on another trippy adventure, and this time she could have to deal with the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen.
It's pilot season, and it seems all of the major networks are making the grab for high-concept series, particularly with competing projects in development at other networks. The latest buzz-worthy pilot comes to us courtesy of NBC, as a sequel series to the classic Lewis Carroll tale of 'Alice and Wonderland.' Simply dubbed 'Wonderland,' the new series would see Alice re-imagined as villain to a new heroine, but will a competing CW project put it out of business before it begins?
Doesn't every good TV series description start out that way? Indeed, TV seems to have reached the age of the "classic story with a twist" full on, as NBC is the latest to fall victim to the scheme of re-imagining classic tales. A few weeks ago, we heard about The CW rebooting 'Alice in Wonderland' as a modern-day Los Angeles detective story with a twist, but now NBC wants to beat them to the punch with its own take on the Lewis Carroll tale. How out there does NBC's version go, and when will it air?
Say what you want about The CW's programming, they're nothing if not consistent. Just one day after announcing that the network had begun looking to develop "the next 'Buffy'" in their script order of femme-skewing angel drama 'Embrace,' The CW is at it again looking to create a modern day 'Alice in Wonderland' with a kick-ass female hero. But can 'Wunderland' make its very important date, or is it tumbling down the wrong rabbit hole?