Tim Burton's Beautiful Reboot of 'Alice in Wonderland'

Unveiling the first production stills of the fantasy master's next movie.

Alice in Wonderland

For several years, Tim Burton's been working on his next movie, a remake of Alice in Wonderland that's set for release in March 2010. USA Today got an exclusive first look at the production stills, and as you can see, they're utterly gorgeous--a full departure from the signature look that was used in A Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.

Currently, the movie is in post production, where the live-action sequences are being merged with motion-capture creatures. Then, the entire movie will be converted into 3-D. Above, Johnny Depp (looking like a dead ringer for Elijah Wood) as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as The White Queen.

And here's a scene where Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska (from the HBO series In Treatment) walks through a garden of talking rose blossoms, at the entrance of a forest filled with giant mushrooms:

Alice in Wonderland

And here's the first meeting between Alice and the White Rabbit, played by Michael Sheen

Alice in Wonderland

The movie is actually less of a remake and more of a sequel. As USA Today writes

Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember. 

Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp as he collaborates with Burton for the seventh time. "This character is off his rocker," Zanuck says.

Can't wait.

[Via Firstshowing.net]

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  • KaŦhleen Moore

    Almost too good to be true, my favorite childhood disney with my favorite director + favorite actor Depp= Pure genius i tell you!
    Burton has done it once again! Kudos! & I simply cannot wait till it comes out! (:

  • KaŦhleen Moore

    Almost too good to be true, my favorite childhood disney with my favorite director + favorite actor Depp= Pure genius i tell you!
    Burton has done it once again! Kudos! & I simply cannot wait till it comes out! (:

  • KaŦhleen Moore

    Almost too good to be true, my favorite childhood disney with my favorite director + favorite actor Depp= Pure genius i tell you!
    Burton has done it once again! Kudos! & I simply cannot wait till it comes out! (:

  • Mark Sturgell

    I can't get too excited about a Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" for the same reason I can't get too excited about having a Burger King Whopper because of their Creepy King advertisements!

  • Lola Gomez

    I agree Burton's vision of Willy Wonka was a trainwreck in comparison to Gene Wilder's original... THIS, however, looks and sounds very exciting indeed!!! Cannot wait to fire up the plasma screen and anything else that will enhance this Burtonesque experience... at last we can truly go down the rabbit hole, YAAAAAAAY !!!!

  • Lola Gomez

    I agree Burton's vision of Willy Wonka was a trainwreck in comparison to Gene Wilder's original... THIS, however, looks and sounds very exciting indeed!!! Cannot wait to fire up the plasma screen and anything else that will enhance this Burtonesque experience... at last we can truly go down the rabbit hole, YAAAAAAAY !!!!

  • Nathan Greene

    Another big gamble for Burton. Charlie didn't pay off that well. Charlie was already done so well previously. Has anyone really done Carroll's classic justice on film? I argue not...yet!

  • Daniel Clark

    I wonder if its going to be like American McGees alice where everything is messed up and twisted in wonderland. And I mean really twisted and wrong, like evil.

  • KaŦhleen Moore

    Almost too good to be true, my favorite childhood disney with my favorite director + favorite actor Depp= Pure genius i tell you!
    Burton has done it once again! Kudos! & I simply cannot wait till it comes out! (:

  • KaŦhleen Moore

    Almost too good to be true, my favorite childhood disney with my favorite director + favorite actor Depp= Pure genius i tell you!
    Burton has done it once again! Kudos! & I simply cannot wait till it comes out! (:

  • Lola Gomez

    I agree Burton's vision of Willy Wonka was a trainwreck in comparison to Gene Wilder's original... THIS, however, looks and sounds very exciting indeed!!! Cannot wait to fire up the plasma screen and anything else that will enhance this Burtonesque experience... at last we can truly go down the rabbit hole, YAAAAAAAY !!!!

  • Desiree Hoskin

    How could Burton do this to my beloved Alice in Wonderland!!! How dreadful and disrepectful to such a gifted author and creator of such delightful characters!I am APPALLED!!!!!!!!!!!Please do NOT do this, it is absolutey heartbreaking to see these characters portrayed in such a grotesque way!!! Take your meds Burton!!! You're obviously messed up in the head!!!!!!!!HORRIBLE!!!!!

  • I'm the Cold Wiz

    Now THIS is cool! Very original....have Tim Burton make a movie about a children's book that was later made into a movie, using Johnny Depp as a disturbed top-hat wearing, make-up laden screwball! Er....what? Oh...I forgot about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well.....at least Burton is casting a bunch of celebs in the other roles so that parents who take their kids to this movie can chuckle about the inside jokes and ironies of the actors who are playing these parts! Now THAT hasn't been.....huh? What? Oh yeah....every single animated Disney/Pixar movie.....Could Hollywood be bankrupt of ideas?----I'm the Cold Wiz