So why is Disney prepping a sequel to a movie that even Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson said “isn’t very good”? Well, they’ve got about $1,024,299,904 reasons. That’s how much “Alice In Wonderland” took worldwide in 2010 to make it one of the highest grossing films of all time (it’s still #12 on the all time grossing worldwide list ahead of “The Dark Knight“). So this was really a matter of procedure because let’s face it, you don’t leave a cash cow like that lying around, so yes, a sequel is on the way.
The studio has tasked veteran writer Linda Woolverton — the scribe behind “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” and “Maleficent” — to write the follow-up. Of course, there are no details except that it will follow “Alice fleeing real-world pressures by returning to Wonderland” and it will be inspired by Lewis Carroll‘s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass,” because duh.
No word yet if key cast members Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles, but we’d reckon the studio probably has an option on them, and the same question surrounds Tim Burton. Lord knows, he needs a hit after two flops this year, and we can only guess that he’ll at least flip through the script. So, hooray? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… [Variety]