O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Fans of Tim Burton‘s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland should be chortling in their joy at all the news coming about the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Based off of Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking-Glass, which was itself a sequel to his earlier Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass promises to deliver even more madcap antics and zany characters than its predecessor. Returning for more adventures in Wonderland are Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Alan Rickman, in what would prove to be his final role. Watch now below as Walt Disney Pictures has just released a new TV spot for the film!
Alice in Wonderland
The star-studded sequel to Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through The Looking Glass has released its first full trailer and it is as visually beautiful as one would expect from a Tim Burton production. Director James Bobin certainly has maintained that Burton style of madness in set design. Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter are back to reprise their roles with the addition of Sacha Baron Cohen as the movie’s more sinister character of Underland. (more…)
For much of North America, this past weekend it was the end of daylight savings time, so could their be a better time to promote through puns the return of one of fantasy literature’s greatest heroines to the big screen? Of course not. Early Sunday morning, the Walt Disney Company released a teaser for one of there upcoming, big budget sequels (although probably not the one that fans are especially interested in seeing). No, it wasn’t the trailer for the next Captain America, it was the Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass. Not much is revealed but as the pun infers, there is a fall… (more…)
Tim Burton has been doing the promotion circuit for his new film Big Eyes – which, surprisingly, doesn’t star a dressed up idiosyncratic-characteristic Johhny Depp, or a gothic looking Helena Bonham Carter – which is due to be released on Christmas day. Talking about everything from Beetlejuice 2 being closer than ever going into production, to how he has missed working with Michael Keaton, and now he has been talking about the superhero comic book genre and how much it has changed in the last 20 years. Burton, who isn’t usually one for too much controversy, has hit out with a belter of an opinion which will no doubt be splitting comic book fans and film fans down the middle. (more…)
While Tim Burton will, sadly, not be returning to helm the sequel to his 2010 Alice in Wonderland adaptation, according to Variety: Helena Bonham Carter is in negotiations to reprise her role as The Red Queen. Johnny Depp will also return as The Mad Hatter–making this possibly the only time Carter and Depp have been in a movie together without Tim Burton directing. (more…)
With fairy tale adaptions not losing their fervor anytime soon Disney is keen to begin production on a sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Though this time without Tim Burton’s involvement it seems. The word is they’re eyeing James Bobin, director of The Muppets and The Muppet… Again!, to helm the project. The sequel will likely be called Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass, which is an unfortunate mouthful, and it’s not confirmed but assumed Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp will return.
The script is currently being finished up by screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the first flick. Also not confirmed is if the film will be in 3D, but come on, of course it’ll be in 3D. How else will it come close to reaching its predecessor’s billion+ dollar earnings.
Any interest in a sequel to Burton’s Alice in Wonderland? Could Bobin avoid the pitfalls of the first?
There’s a lot of TV Series going the Fairy Tale route these days. Grimm. Once Upon a Time. Lost Girl (hey, it’s fable-ish). The genre is trending upwards. And why not? Fables and fairy tales rock! Show me one person who’s not a fan of old mother Hubbard and I’ll show you a fan with no imagination and care for pop culture. But I digress…
There’s another fairy tale classic making its way to the small screen. I’ll give you a hint: a silly blonde girl and a trolling purple cat are involved. Yep, you guessed it. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is getting retold. Again!
There have been numerous retellings of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. So many, that another interpretation is kind of obnoxious. In this case, however, the re-imagining has already been told… in comic book form. The three comics Return to Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Escape from Wonderland are all modern retellings of the Lewis Carroll story with Alice’s daughter taking the lead. I’ve never read it, but I hear it’s an excellent series. And sexy (see above art).
Lionsgate TV will be producing a television adaptation of the series by Zenescope. Brian Robbins of Smallville will executive produce the series and the search for a writer has begun. Robbins says that he’s looking for an experienced actress to play Alice with a relatively unknown actress playing her daughter. There’s no TV home yet for the series but Robbins thinks it would fit in well on broadcast of premium cable.
“There’s an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville,” said Robbins
OK, so the guy from Smallville is doing a mature retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I’m sold!
Valentine’s may be over and the rejection may have worn off for some, but John Carter is not getting a break. Disney execs are scurrying around in panic this afternoon after the results of John Carter’s tracking numbers were leaked to the press. Deadline reported the results as follows:
“2 unaided, 53 aware, 27 definitely interested, 3 first choice….Women of all ages have flat out rejected the film.”
Now the most interesting part of the quote, seems to be the last. John Carter was not the official title of the film. This film initially went by the original title “Princess of Mars” due to the film being based on the first book of Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsom series. When books are being made into film it is custom to keep the title so as to attract the fan base that the book has and add to the fan base. Disney did not seem to go in that direction, which is odd seeing as they’ve made book based films such as: The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid, and so on.
When asked on the reason for the changed title Writer/Director Andrew Stanton said in an interview:
“Here’s the real truth of it, I’d already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I don’t like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of Mars…because not a single boy would go,” he said. “And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, ‘I don’t won’t to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can’t ignore that truth.”
Stanton and the Disney may be gritting their teeth because this minor mistake in titling could cost them more money than they expected. Due to the tracking study, the film is estimated to gain only $100 million even though the film cost about $250 million to produce. With a loss this great and the film’s release coming up; there really isn’t much to do, but wait and see what the final results are.
John Carter, while being initially appealing last year seems to be losing steam and after taking from it the one thing that made it unique due to gender preference and, from what the company has divulged, is the sloppy seconds of someone else’s project. A representative from Disney was quoted as saying:
“We’re not running away from the movie. Our job is to sell it.”
They will have to come up with a new strategy to sell this film, and that will be a hard thing to do in three weeks. But hey, this is the company of dreamers and the imaginative types so this could work out. John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston, Lynn Collins, and Mark Strong, hits theaters March 9.
Nerd Art Stock Pile: He-Man Is A Hipster, Sick & Twisted Pop Culture Art, Lots of Zombies, Star Wars Movie Poster Mash-Ups, High-Tech Batman Suit Concept Art, AND MORE!
The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like Steve Jobs and Jack Layton partying it down with Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze and other shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
Starting off this week, we’ve got this kickass fan-made poster for The Avengers. No idea who did this, ’cause I found it cited under “Hobo123” of DeviantART, but that profile has no work on it. So I’ll leave it open-ended for now, but this is a pretty damn awesome poster.
Nerd Art Stock Pile: The Dark (Starry) Knight, Disney’s Harry Potter, 8-Bit Assassin’s Creed, Doctor Who Graffiti, Social Networking Propaganda, Sexy Pin-Up Nerdy Chicks, and MORE!
The Interwebz is a great place for artists to share their nerdy work, even though the majority of the time it’s a bunch of fuckin’ weird shit. There are a ton of awesome things to behold every day but we’re fuckin’ lazy bastards, so we just put it all together once a week to keep your mojos happy. Even from the other side of the world!
This Vincent Van Gogh inspired Dark Knight piece by James Hance is called The Dark (Starry) Knight. It’s pretty awesome, although it’s not the first bit of artwork exploring this same idea. (EDIT: Apparently Hance’s work did come first!)