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…)
Poor Johnny Depp. The recent two-for-two big budget failures of Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger seems to have forced him into doing something drastic: signing up for Alice in Wonderland 2. According to Deadline, Depp is in final negotiations to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in the sequel to the surprise 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton, which made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Muppets director James Bobin is directing the sequel.
Deadline is of the opinion that Depp wants to prove his box office clout following two costly bombs, so between Alice 2 and the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie to be directed by Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Depp should buttress his box office slide affably.
In other Depp news, it was announced that he has a “new” multi-year first look deal at Disney through his production company Infinitum Nihil to develop film projects he can produce there. The word new is in quote marks because the deal was sealed back in March, but it just wasn’t announced till now.
So there is life after Tonto for Depp. Too bad his revisiting past successes rather than blowing us away with something new.