When Tim Burton announced he was making a new film based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, there was nearly an uproar coming from both fanboys of Burton, who were excited for the movie, and fanboys of Disney, who mourned because Burton would surely butcher their classic Disney film and make it darker and contain even more drug usage than before. But over the last few days, new information and images have risen, and maybe, just maybe, Burton’s take on the so-called “nonsense” novel makes more sense than any other adaptation.
The film itself is due for release on the 19th of March, 2010, though it’s already getting a lot of hype (especially from a feature-length article in the new Disney magazine) , which is to be expected when you look at the cast: Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar. The most unknown member is Mia Wasikowska who portrays Alice herself, though one can probably assume she’s doing a good job. In fact, look for yourself.
It is not actually a remake of the 1951 Disney film, but an entirely new film altogether with a new story. Alice does return to Wonderland at the age of 17, and will be an slightly out-of-place character who does not fit in with Victorian society, making her a perfect candidate for a residency at Wonderland. It’ll be something like a “rite of passage,” and the movie will incorporate the characters and elements that gave the book the acclaim and success it maintains even today. The rest of the images are below:
Anyone worried about Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter? Don’t be. During Walt Disney’s annual company meeting, the first look of Depp as Mad Hatter was shown to shareholders during a brief montage of clips. To say there were impresssed would be an understatement.
According to The Carpetbagger Blog, this is what was shown:
“Victorian top hat, crimped hair that sticks straight out, and swirl of brightly colored make-up on his eyes, cheeks and lips that resembled the blur of a pinwheel blowing in the breeze.”
It sounds like this could be Johnny Depp’s most eccentric character to date.