Alice in Wonderland
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?