Alice is going to follow the rabbit again, because her adventures the first time brought Disney a billion dollars. And to not do a sequel to a film that earned you the GDP of a developing nation, when your potential franchise starters are falling on their faces, would be financial suicide. So get ready for more zany antics from the inhabitants of Wonderland.
Through the Looking Glass is Lewis Carroll’s follow up to his famous 1865 book Alice in Wonderland. But the 2010 film was itself a sequel to the books, incorporating elements from both Wonderland and Looking Glass. I guess Alice herself will return, this time as an adult. It makes sense for a kid to go into the dopey world, but if Alice runs around in Wonderland as an adult, I can’t see it in any other way than as a woman’s descent into insanity.
Tim Burton isn’t returning to direct this time. James Bobin, director of The Muppets, is going to helm the sequel. Linda Woolverton, who penned the script for the first one, is writing the screenplay this time as well. Hey Woolverton, no Narnia battles this time, okay?
Not announced yet. I’m guessing Spring 2015?
Who’s in it?
Johnny Depp has been confirmed to reprise the role of Mad Hatter. I’m assuming the reason it took so long for Disney to get the sequel moving was because Depp wasn’t on board until they presumably offered him all the money ever.
Mia Wasikowska will most likely return as Alice. I hope she doesn’t, because I didn’t like her in the first one.
None yet. Watch the trailer for the 1951 animation instead. It’s a better adaptation than the 2010 film, animated in glorious 2D. Yes, 2D animation. Remember those?
The Good Stuff?
The Muppets was well received, so maybe director Bobin can bring the goodwill to this franchise?
The Bad Stuff?
The 2010 hit prompted a slew of new fantasy reimaginings, with films like Snow White and The Huntsman, Red Riding Hood, and Oz the Great and Powerful. All of them were dedicated to achieving absolute mediocrity. I don’t mind Hollywood making new fairy tales, but repurposing the classics into something generic only because of their familiarity is cynical and soulless.
Our Premature Verdict
It’ll be a hit. Families love bland, manufactured CGI rides.