James Bobin, director of “The Muppets”, and currently working on the sequel, “The Muppets…Again!” due for release next year, is in negotiations to direct the sequel to Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”.
Tim Burton won’t be returning to the helm, but word is Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the Mad Hatter, as well as, we presume, Mia Wasikowska, who played the title role. Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd remain as producers.
Bobin has to be approved by both Depp and the producers before getting the thumbs up to direct, but here’s hoping!
The sequel currently has the working title, “Into the Looking Glass”, will be written by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the screenplay for the Burton “Alice”.
The “Alice” sequel is one of many that Disney currently has in development, along with “Maleficent”, “Cinderella”, “Peter and the Starcatchers” and “Magic Kingdom”, that are based on characters found in its theme parks.
Burton’s “Alice” earned more than $1 billion worldwide during its run in theatres, so a sequel was more than inevitable.
British-born Bobin, apart from “The Muppets” is known for being the director of TV series’ such as “Da Ali G Show” and “Flight of the Conchords”.