Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland may finally bring Lewis Carroll’s world of fantasy to life in the manner it deserves. The book has been crying out for a Burton-style treatment, so who better to provide than that Burton himself?
The film already has an all-star cast confirmed, including Burton favorites Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Alan Rickman, and Mia Wasikowska. And now it has been announced that Alice in Wonderland will be released in IMAX 3D.
Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group said:
“If ever there was a film that cried out to be presented in Disney Digital 3D(TM) and the premium IMAX 3D format, Tim Burton’s fantastic interpretation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is that film. This is going to be an eye-popping cinematic experience as Tim takes moviegoers down the rabbit hole and into the dimensional world filled with incredible characters, sly humor, and wild adventures. Disney’s partnership with IMAX is taking shape with two amazing films already on the schedule. We look forward to working with them in bringing exciting new experiences and quality entertainment to IMAX screens around the world.”
The movie should look fantastic in 3D, with a mixture of live-action and motion capture footage being combined to concoct what should be the best version of this classic tale ever seen on the big-screen. With Burton at the helm, I have very high hopes for this movie.
Burton spoke to Empire about the new elements being brought in for this movie, and indicated he may use them again in future projects. He said:
“I like the 3D aspect of it, I think it fits the material very well, and it doesn’t give me a headache like it used to. I think it’s good for anything. There are other uses than having spears stuck into your face – I think there are more visceral, emotional uses, especially if you use lots of textures.”
I can’t wait, not only for Alice in Wonderland but also for Burton’s future projects being shot in 3D. This is definitely the way cinema is going and it’s nice to see inspiring filmmakers such as Tim Burton embracing the technology and figuring out what they can do with it to give us the audience a finer visceral experience.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is due out on March 5, 2010.