Thursday, August 14, 2014

Second 'Alice' Movie in the Works

Don’t get too excited, it may be a bit too soon to shine up that teapot and tea cups. Right on the heels of the release of much-anticipated Maleficent and previews for the upcoming Cinderella, Disney has announced that another live action version of one of its famed animated tales has just started production, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, but it won’t arrive in theaters until 2016, but boy is it packed with star-power.

As a sequel to the 2010 hit, began principal photography recently featuring returning cast members Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Mia Wasikowska (Alice) and Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen/Queen of Hearts). The first Alice in Wonderland was directed by Tim Burton, but this time around he is just one of four producers. The new story, loosely based on Lewis Carroll's book, is being directed by James Bobin who was at the helm of the two recent Muppets movies. The story itself has once again been penned by Linda Woolverton who wrote the first story as well as this summer's hit, Maleficent and the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Filming at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016. 


Joining the classic cast of characters is Rhys Ifans  (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father and Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Misérables) was called on to bring the character, Time to the big screen.