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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass starts shooting this week

Aug. 4, 2014by:

While earlier today we posted some pictures from Tim Burton's latest film, BIG EYES, which looks to be somewhat of a departure for the filmmaker simply because it doesn't feature CGI or Johnny Depp (I can't wait), Walt Disney Pictures issued a press release that ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS goes into production this week. This Burton-less sequel will be helmed by James Bobin who recently directed THE MUPPETS and MUPPETS MOST WANTED. While the story is still under wraps, it evidently will bring Alice back to Underland and back in time, with a script by Linda Woolverton (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MALEFICENT).

Despite is many shortcomings, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS will see a return of its eclectic ensemble which includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Matt Lucas. Joining them for this sequel will be Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter's father, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS will also see the return of Alan Rickman, who will once again lend his vocal talents as a caterpillar who just doesn't give an eff.

I've never read the original source material, but the Disney cartoon always struck me as "just a trippy piece." I'd like to think that there's something a little more appealing in the original story, but given the shallow first film and it's departure from said material, I'm sure Disney is just going to do its own thing. ALICE IN WONDERLAND raked in over a billion worldwide so I'm a little surprised it's taken them this long to get a sequel cooking. Perhaps the director will be able to bring his Muppet expertise and give us a digital world that is actually interesting to spend some time in.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS will be released on May 27, 2016.

Extra Tidbit: Did anyone actually enjoy the first film?

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2:21PM on 08/04/2014

I liked the first film..

Even though I thought it was weird that they didn't call it PART 2, when that was in fact what it was. So I guess the next installment is actually part 3, but they're using the story line from the second book.. Weird.
Even though I thought it was weird that they didn't call it PART 2, when that was in fact what it was. So I guess the next installment is actually part 3, but they're using the story line from the second book.. Weird.
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2:18PM on 08/04/2014
Don't they mean "Underland"?!
Don't they mean "Underland"?!
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2:18PM on 08/04/2014
The first one was just terrible. Doesn't mean they can't do something better with a new film, but if it has most of the same characters returning, how different is it really going to be?
The first one was just terrible. Doesn't mean they can't do something better with a new film, but if it has most of the same characters returning, how different is it really going to be?
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1:48PM on 08/04/2014

sorry guys...

Never understood the elaborate hate for the first film. Thought it was fine. By no means was it great, but I was entertained by it. I'll check out this one too.
Never understood the elaborate hate for the first film. Thought it was fine. By no means was it great, but I was entertained by it. I'll check out this one too.
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1:46PM on 08/04/2014
This movie was just flat-out bad. The CGI was phony-looking, the tone of the film was off, it relied on hackneyed schtick that Tim Burton always uses, and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was the most painfully atrocious thing I've seen on film in a long time. That dance he does at the end is enough to make me swallow my own tongue. I can guarantee you I will not see this movie.
This movie was just flat-out bad. The CGI was phony-looking, the tone of the film was off, it relied on hackneyed schtick that Tim Burton always uses, and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was the most painfully atrocious thing I've seen on film in a long time. That dance he does at the end is enough to make me swallow my own tongue. I can guarantee you I will not see this movie.
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12:16PM on 08/04/2014
I'm all for giving Burton a hard time for doing same old shtick, but... very oddly enough I actually enjoyed his take on Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely get all the hate 'cause it's far from flawless, so let's just mark it up as a guilty pleasure.
I'm all for giving Burton a hard time for doing same old shtick, but... very oddly enough I actually enjoyed his take on Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely get all the hate 'cause it's far from flawless, so let's just mark it up as a guilty pleasure.
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12:01PM on 08/04/2014
Extra tidbit: No. It's one of a few movies that I stopped half way through.
Extra tidbit: No. It's one of a few movies that I stopped half way through.
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11:26AM on 08/04/2014
"Can't wait for this!"
-said no one
"Can't wait for this!"
-said no one
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