Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, but he will be returning without his longtime collaborator Tim Burton.
The Hollywood actor took on the wacky role opposite Mia Wasikowska as Alice in the Lewis Carroll adaptation, which broke the $1 billion mark at the international box office following its release in 2010.
Movie bosses are working on a sequel, and it has now emerged Depp is set to return but director Burton will be replaced with The Muppets’ James Bobin, according to Deadline.com.
It is not yet known if Wasikowska will reprise her role as Alice.
Burton has worked with Depp on numerous films over the years, including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows.
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Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and Jonny Lee Miller, opens in theaters Friday, May 11. The comedy/horror film centers on an 18th century vampire who returns to his ancestral home after spending two centuries locked in a coffin underground. He finds his estate in ruins and his dysfunction descendants in need of help.
Last night’s premier of the new Tim Burton film, “Dark Shadows”, will go down in the books of rock history. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is featured heavily in the film, with Tim Burton relying on Dwight Frye for the movie’s most pivotal scene. Alice looked great, and he shoud because they digitized his face to make him look just as he did in 1972!
As great as the film was, nothing could top Tim Burton’s after-party, thrown across the street behind the El Capitan Theater, where Warner Brothers recreated the ballroom from the movie for a surprise live performance by Alice Cooper himself! Alice brought with him his band, with Orianthi, Tommy Henriksen and Keri Kelli on guitar, Chuck Garricon bass, and Glen Sobel on drums. Also guesting for the evening wasAlice’s old friend Johnny Depp! Johnny joined Alice on stage last year at the 100 Club, and this was the perfect opportunity to “get the band back together,” as Alice put it.
As if that weren’t enough, the four guitarists were then joined by legendary Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry! The impromptu supergroup played some Cooper classics before introducing yet another surprise guest, Aerosmith frontman and “demon of screamin” Steven Tyler. The huge behemoth of a band went through “Come Together”, then Steven Tyler whispered into Chuck Garric’s ear, “Know ‘Whole Lotta Love’?”… you can guess what happened next!
The brotherly relationship between actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton seems to get stronger with each passing year. The actor-director duo have now worked together on nine films together, with each one seeming to inspire some of the other’s best work. Working together, it seems as though they can sell almost anything based solely on their collaboration. They have provided family hits together, working on the recent Alice In Wonderland update and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as much darker projects such as Sleepy Hollow and the Broadway adaptation Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Their next project together is another adaptation, this time it is a remake of the 1970s vampire-themed soap opera Dark Shadows. In the film, Depp will take on the role of Barnabas Collins, an 18ths century dandy whose family made their fortune in the fishing trade. However, after getting on the wrong side of a witch (played by Eva Green), he finds himself turned into a vampire, later being buried alive (undead) for 200, waking in the year 1976.
The two co-workers and good friends were both long time admirers of the show, with Depp introducing the idea of a movie adaptation to Burton some years ago when they were working together. According to Burton, Depp had always wanted to play the part of Barnabas, “even before he became an actor.”
If you are a big Tim Burton fan like we are, you are gonna love Frankenweenie!
Frankenweenie is an upcoming 3D black-and-white stop motion-animated film, directed by Tim Burton, and it is a remake of the Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name. Like the 1984 version, it is a parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s book of the same name. In the film, a boy named Victor loses his dog and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. The film is scheduled for release on October 5, 2012, and it will be the first stop-motion film to be released in IMAX 3D.
After the death of his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring him back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation, but Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.