Friday, November 16, 2007

Tim Burton to Direct Two New Disney 3D Films

Very cool breaking news. Tim Burton will be returning to Disney very soon. According to SCI-FI Wire:

"Director Tim Burton has signed a two-picture deal with his longtime studio, Disney , that will see him direct and produce 3-D movies of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and a remake of his short Frankenweenie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Alice adaptation will be a combination of live-action and performance-capture animation and will be based on a script by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King). It will be produced by longtime Burton collaborator Richard Zanuck and former Disney chairman Joe Roth, with Jennifer and Suzanne Todd.

Filming will begin in early 2008, with a production completion date in May 08.

Burton will then segue to produce and direct a full-length motion picture version of his cult favorite 1984 film short, Frankenweenie, about a pet dog who is brought back to life by his loyal owner in a very unusual way. The film will be shot in stop-motion animation

Both movies will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D."


Cory Gross said...

This sounds fantastic!

I actually always thought that a stop-motion remake of Winnie the Pooh using the "Classic Pooh" images would have been pretty decent, but I'm definitely not sad about Alice in Wonderland.

I hope that with Frankenweenie, they don't just pad out the half-hour program into an hour and a half... The show right now is pretty tight. I wonder where else they could take it in a parody of the old Universal Monster movies, if they don't reimagine it entirely.

But hopefully this union will evolve out into the one thing I REALLY want to see: Tim Burton's The Haunted Mansion.