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Tim Burton Finds An ALICE To Send To WONDERLAND!!

Published at: July 24, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
Mia Wasikowska will climb into Tim Burton's rabbit hole (wait, that doesn't sound right) as the title character in Burton & Disney's live-action, Digital 3-D adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. So says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter.
Mia is an Australian actress with numerous credits, roughly half of them TV. You can find her official website HERE. The film rolls in a few months for a targeted 2010 release. Burton's directing from a script by LION KING's Linda Woolverton.

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  • July 24, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    But...

    by Horace Cox

    Who will climb into her hole?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Traditional or American McGee version

    by growltiger

    An enquiring mind needs to know!

  • July 24, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    I thought

    by Z 008

    that this was Sarah Michelle Geller's pet project?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Is that the chick from the godawful mermaid show?

    by half vader

    My 8-year-old boy loves that show. I'm a bit worried about him. Even my two 5-year-old girls don't care for it.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Dark as you like please Mr Burton...

    by moobit

    If we're not getting an American McGee version, make sure we get a nice, subtlely twisted version! :-)

  • July 24, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd - strangely fell off the planet

    by Canada's King

    Seriously, is it just me or am I wrong to think that Burton's Sweeney Todd came out like a bang last December and then swiftly vanished from everyone's memory?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Burton would be good for the McGee Alicei

    by conspiracy

    Twisted and dark... Don't like the looks of the tart they choose though...just not Alicey enough.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Tim, if you're not going all 'American McGee'...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...then please don't bother.<P>And your missus is a given for the Red Queen, right?

  • July 24, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for this movie!!

    by Stainboy136

    Tim Burton is awesome!

  • July 24, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    she was great on "In Treatment"

    by srh1son

    She was a pretty believable teenage girl on that show, and held her own opposite Gabriel Byrne.

  • July 24, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Obvious casting yet to be announced

    by thinboyslim.

    Helena Bonham Carter will play the Queen of Hearts.

  • July 24, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Obcious casting part 2...

    by Uridium

    What part will the Depp play? The White Rabbit?

  • July 24, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Depp plays the Madhatter

    by Waff

    Duh.

  • July 24, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Depp For The Caterpiller

    by McFlyWalker

    Revisiting his unique turn in leaving Las Vegas! Ray Wintone to play Tweedle Dum &Tweedle Dee with real kids voices....that would be spooky. As long as the Cheshire Cat's better animated than Garfield, should be a winner! thinboyslim is clearly right wih the Bonham casting!

  • July 24, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Ron Pearlman=Voice of Cheshire Cat

    by McFlyWalker

    I think it'd be cool to see a physical Mad Hatter, not sure if Depp could do that!

  • July 24, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd - strangely fell off the planet

    by Waff

    Because it wasn't good. Cohen and the boy playing Toby were the only redeeming factors. Carter in particular was quite horrid. I blame Burton for miscasting her.

  • July 24, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    So bored....

    by FILMFUNK

    of Burtons obvious choices it just feels like he already made this movie. <P>Creepy titles, Dark and Curly visuals with stripey stockings and Johny frickin Depp as the Mad Hatter and BonHomie Carter as some buxom dark eyed wench... Yawn.

  • July 24, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST

    she was even more impressive than Gabriel Byrne

    by ev1ldead

    in In Treatment.

  • July 24, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Johnny Depp as Alice

    by 69DUDE

    Would've been Burton's first choice.

  • July 24, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Burton is over-rated

    by Mr Gorilla

    What can I say? He's made a few good films - Pee Wee, Ed Wood, Batman Returns - but nothing to justify the way he's somehow lauded as a visionary and an auteur. He's the original 'Dark = Good' guy. (No, in actual fact Good = Good.) What other 'visionary' would turn in those terrible remakes of Willy Wonker and Planet of the Apes?

  • July 24, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Good.

    by Anna Valerious

    Rumors about that "One Life to Live" girl playing Alice made me lose faith.

  • July 24, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Aurora Snow is back? Yes!!!!

    by neal2zod

    Oh wait, that's not her?

  • July 24, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I thought he was doing "Dark Shadows" next?

    by Yeti

    With Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins?

  • July 24, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    McFlyWalker, The Tweedles aren't...

    by Lemming

    in Wonderland. They are from the sequel, Looking Glass.

  • July 24, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Also, remember that McGee's Alice..

    by Lemming

    is in fact a sequel as well. It wasn't a gothic version of the original tale. It's Alice's *return* to Wonderland. Still an amazing visual feast though.

  • July 24, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Burton's going ahead with this?

    by Knuckleduster

    For some reason, I'm not very excited about this. Seems such an obvious project for Burton to do.

  • July 24, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    SMG must be pissed!

    by Judge Briggs

    Time to do a Buffy movie!

  • July 24, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    I hope Burton doesn't try to make it "darker"

    by rbatty024

    The story is plenty dark to begin with. Besides, making the story darker is too obvious. All he has to do is adapt the story faithfully and add some of his gorgeous set designs.

  • July 24, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    No, rbatty, DARKER THAN DARK!

    by CreasyBear

    Burton should be all awesome and stuff, and make this children's movie terrifying and unrelentingly nightmarish! He doesn't have to worry about scaring away the target kids' demographic, because the legions of fanboys who love dark, awesomely bitter and hopeless movies will flock to this, in the same way that fanboys made such a gigantic box office smash out of Snakes on a Plane! Dark it up, Burton! TRUST ME!

  • July 24, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I thought this movie was stop motion....

    by Stormshadow4life

    oh well

  • July 24, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Tim needs to cut the whimsy...

    by Knuckleface

    Seriously, why do people always give Wes Anderson such a hard time for his whimsical style, but Tim Burton gets a pass. At least Wes works from original material and deals with adult themes. Burton's twee-goth B.S. is just so junior high school.

  • July 24, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd > No Country for Over Rated Movies

    by knowthyself

    Yeah I said it. Fall off my ass. Sweeney Todd is alive and well in my mind and on video.

  • July 24, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    It's not all motion capture

    by terry1978

    Alice herself will be live action apparently, the creatures that aren't human will be CG, obviously. The Queen and possibly Tweedledum/Dee may be played live action I would assume.

  • July 24, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    tim burton sucks

    by LORDRANDO

    Two good flicks, Pee Wee and Ed Wood. Shows he has talent but is happy being a corporate yes man. Part of the problem not the solution tim. what is that like 5 remakes for you now?

  • July 24, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by ReZourceman

    Super lame. I hate Burton (a bit)

  • July 24, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Sorry but what is "American McGee"?

    by BenBraddock

    Forgive my ignorance. Anyway, this could be good or could be by the numbers Burton.. I'm hoping for the former. As long as Elfman is on board though, I'm happy (and no I'm not flaming - I love Elfman)!

  • July 24, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    sounds too good to be true so far

    by JackieGleasonUFO

    i'd rather it be all stop motion, puppets and models, but the way theyre doing it here sounds like it could be mindbottling. and how could anyone say 'tim burton suck' you sound like a neanderthal, and it's a dumb statement, the guy makes dark fairy tales, you don't get that much often in films at all, he's refreshing, so what if he repeats himself sometimes, he has a lot of ideas he wants to spread around and he can't jumble them all into one film. and he has more than 2 good films.

  • July 24, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • July 24, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    BenBraddock...

    by BiggusDickus

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  • July 24, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    H O T!

    by HoboCode

  • July 24, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI...

    by BiggusDickus

    Hello again, tiresome little boy.<p>Have you not realised yet that when you're the only one laughing, the joke is no longer funny?<P>How about you go away, grow up, change your tag-name and come back and join the boards as an adult?

  • July 24, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    BiggusDickus

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Is telling people to be an adult? Just kidding man, the name is fucking awesome. And IMO, the joke was never funny in the first place. This guy is a fucking worthless piece of shit. BumbleBay has won, give it up, kill yourself, MCMLXXVI.

  • July 24, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Yay?

    by TheJake

    I'm certain he will find a role for Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp...

  • July 24, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI

    by HoboCode

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  • July 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI and fucking milionaire dating troll

    by half vader

    one after the other. Fuck me. Ban that chick's advertising troll-ish ass. Again.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "of Burtons obvious choices it just feels like he already made t

    by IAmLegolas

    Right! Would have been way more interesting to do that Ripley bio-pic.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Get an original idea

    by Ben Addiction

    Excepting "The Corpse Bride" (which was, like everything the man does, visually interesting but dull) Burton hasn't made a truly original feature in 18 years. Why is everyone so in love with this guy? Oh, and obvious casting - Jeffrey Jones as the White Rabbit, Depp as Mad Hatter, probably Jack Black as the Cheshire Cat (although Danny Devito would make sense too), and natch Bonham-Carter as the Queen of Hearts

  • July 24, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Here's something...

    by Brian

    This girl was GREAT in IN Treatment. I wanted to box her ears and at the same time give her a hug. She'll give a great performance. THOUGH I'm kinda sick of Tim Burton dropping his dark, gothic log all over every. I'd like to see the dude so something totally original now and then. What if Tim got his hands on a Charlie Kaufman script? Or if he did a dark 70's cop movie? Maybe get him on a Lovecraft story. Lets change it up, Timmy-boy. And don't put your struggling wife in all of your movies, for the love of Bob.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    NOBODY ever does Alice in Wonderland right.

    by ZeroCorpse

    They always cast a teenager or adult Alice, and then make all the creatures of Wonderland into a smorgasbord of celebrities wearing silly costumes (but making sure not to hide their faces, so you can recognize them). They also make it into a musical-- Sure, there were some songs in the book, but there were songs in Lord of the Rings, too, and they didn't go nuts and make THAT into a musical.<p> I love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but I've disliked EVERY SINGLE film adaptation I've ever seen. Nobody ever, ever, ever gets it right. It just becomes a way to parade big name celebrities around. <p> Burton will fuck this up with his trademarked, painfully-forced weirdness. I was a goth-punk in the 80s, and he had some level of cool back then, but now he just does weird for the sake of being weird, and it ends up more often like Planet of the Apes or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ("weirder" versions of older movies) rather than like Sweeny Todd (A true improvement upon the stage version in some respects, thanks to Burton toning down his "weird-for-weirdness'-sake" aesthetic.) <p> Burton misses a lot more than he hits, and it's been that way since Batman. Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, and PARTS of Sleepy Hollow were awesome. The rest of his films have been fundamentally flawed. <p> Also, as much as I love Elfman, Burton needs to dump him for future movies. This marriage made in hell is what kills Burton's work half the time. Ed Wood was great because we didn't have Elfman's tiresome scores punctuating everything the characters did with loud brass blurts or childrens' choirs singing "lalalala" --- The guy rewrites the Beetlejuice score for everything he does, with the exception of Sweeny Todd, where his work was quite good.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Alan Rickman as the mad Hatter?

    by Rameses

    he's got the hair and the nose already ..Johney D would most likely be a Lewis Carol {sitting on the riverbank , reading to Alice } type prologue!Thus tying with Ian Holme as an actor who's played both J.M Barrie and Lewis Carol

  • July 24, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Re:Sweeney Todd - strangely fell off the planet..

    by Rameses

    This seems to happen with *every *film released to be honest.Masses of hype, and then , they are lucky to get two weeks at my local crappy multiplex {cineworld Bexleyheath ,England...the most ineptly run cinema in the western world!!!}before vanishing , turning up on DVD four months later , for a slight revival..and then gone again more or less for good.It takes a classic one in fifty or so films to take on any sort of post cinema showing life.That said I rather liked Sweeney Todd,and with the exception of Planet of the apes.I've liked everything Tim has produced.He does seem to be in a bit off a rut though.As a few peaple have mentioned, Alice is sooo kind of predictable ..that it's like hes already made it.Stripey socks all round, and dark under the eyes ahoy!

  • July 24, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "Twee Goth"

    by stabbim

    Heh. Perfect description.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Rameses...

    by BiggusDickus

    Pop up to Streatham Odean, mate.<p> It will redefine your definition of 'ineptly run'.

  • July 24, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Obviously, that should've read 'Odeon'...

    by BiggusDickus

    But with the goons running that place, I wouldn't rule out the possibility of seeing 'Odean' in lights at some point in the future...

  • July 24, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Do we really need another Alice in Wonderland adaption?

    by fiester

    Really?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    BiggusDickus...

    by Rameses

    What's so bad about the Streatham Odean?I find it hard to believe it's run worse than my one .Are we talking , the whole film completely out of focus apart from a two foot square in the middle ...or the top of the film projected halfway up the screen, and the rest onto the front row audience!!!!..or cleaners still trying to clean around you , whilst the fucking film has started!!Because thats the magic of cineworld!

  • July 24, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I'm pissed off that Burton didn't make The Great Glass Elevator

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    When I heard he was doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I was excited with the certainty that it would do great, since it was Tim Burton, and that we'd FINALLY get to see the Great Glass Elevator finally made into a great movie. But noooo, it just had to be a self-contained story. Damn.

  • July 24, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Rameses...

    by BiggusDickus

    Focussing issues, yes, though not quite as bad as your experiences. Plus, you have cleaners? Streatham looks like it hasn't been cleaned since the Seventies. There are probably still several 'Olde English Spangles' trodden into what's left of the carpet.<p>However, it's the clientele that really make the experience. Endless hordes of hooded, fourteen-year-old scum who like nothing better than to sit in the dark talking loudly to each other on their mobile phones. Why do some people want to spend money to talk through a film and why can't it be legal for me to stab them?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse

    by HoboCode

    Good stuff.

  • July 24, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Girl's too old

    by Second Try

    I predict it is going to suck

  • July 24, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    No more 3D

    by Second Try

    We don't have it here! What is the point?

  • July 24, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Sweeny was cool!

    by Johnno

    I look forward to what Burton does with Alice!

  • July 24, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Burton is rarely dark for the sake of being dark.

    by rbatty024

    I think he's the most successful when he has a sense of whimsy and humor in his films. Unlike Fincher, a truly hit or miss director, Burton isn't an aesthetic nihilist. Although, when he makes a truly dark film, it usually fits the material. Sweeny Todd was probably his bleakest film to date. His last truly great movie was Big Fish, which wasn't that dark at all. In fact, watching Big Fish you might have been tricked into thinking that Burton actually likes humanity.

  • July 24, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    BiggusDickus...

    by Rameses

    Why do peaple spend money to talk thru a film.My wife and I said exactly the same thing two nights ago.We tend to get teenage girls who just seem intent on fucking up a film for anyone who actually wants to watch it.I forgot to mention another highlight,When we went to see *open water* one tuesday afternoon.The movie was slightly spoilt by a couple in the row behind .She was apparently wanking him off , with as much noise as possible , and for the final'e choked on his sperm !!!! and then spent the final part of the movie retching and coughing!!Ahh such happy times

  • July 24, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    by chimpjnr

    Wasn't there talk a while back about making the McGee version with SMG in the Alice role? What happened to that?

  • July 24, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Is this all Burton does anymore?

    by PumpyMcAss

    Remake shit? Apes, Todd, Hollow, Chocolate Factory? I liked Sweeney Todd a lot but...shit. A new idea would be cool. Jesus.

  • July 24, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Timothy Spall as The Mad Hatter!

    by DansLaLuna

    AKA Peter Pettigrew. I think he would be awesome, he can do the creepy quirky and physically he looks the part.

  • July 24, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    we dont need this

    by Frizzurd

    The Russian animator Jan Svankmajer (who was an inspiration for Burton) already did a dark Alice flick.

  • July 24, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I hope all the characters wear black and belt buckles...........

    by crackerfarmboy

    And there's gothic statues, Elfman scores, Helena Bonham Carter is in it, Johnny Depp is in it, and every other predicable cliche that Burton puts in all of his half assed films.

  • July 24, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    i'll just wait for Chris Nolan's reboot of this.

    by slder78

    Nolan just made Buton's carrer irelevant, well except for Beetlejuice.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Burton doesn't make everything dark

    by half vader

    There are as many white stripes as there are black stripes! And Alice is tailor-made for him. She already has stripes. So does the cat! Stripes!

  • July 25, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Zero Corpse

    by half vader

    If you were a goth-punk in the 80s you were still 5-10 years too late! I keed. <p> Have you seen the original Family Dog (Amazing Stories short not the shite series)? Burton designed the characters, Brad Bird directed it, and getting to the point, Elfman did the music. I think you'll find the Beetlejuice score in there, too. A couple of years before the film.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Perfect material for Burton

    by strosmer

    I'll agree he is hit or miss, but I'll be anxious to see his take on Wonderland. I can't imagine any other director I'd want to see do this movie, he's perfectly suited for it. He can't be timid though, he needs to unleash here, let this be the culmination of everything whimsical he's done up to this point.<p>Had he not pulled off the musical aspects of Sweeney Todd and Charlie so well (odd, but well), I'd be bothered by this having songs in it. An Elfman score would be well-suited, but he needs to step it up too, let this be epic.<p>Yes, by all means, keep casting Helena, she's gorgeous and talented. She would make a perfect queen. Someone suggested Rickman for the Mad Hatter, and I can picture him in the role physically, but could he pull off the craziness of the character that Depp could easily lend. Looks like a good choice for Alice.<p>I just hope Burton decides to really go at it once and for all. I don't feel he's over-rated, I feel he has yet to hit his whimsical peak. Don't disappoint us Tim, let that imagination fly.

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