Burton To Respect Alice's Essence
Director Tim Burton, who will helm a new film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland stories, said that he will stay true to the stories' essence.
"It's just such a classic, and the imagery is so surreal," Burton said in an interview while promoting his latest film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. "I don't know; I've never seen a version where I feel like they got it all. It's a series of weird adventures, and to try to do it where it works as a movie will be interesting."
Burton will also produce the adaptation, which will use both live action and performance-capture animation.
"The stories are like drugs for children, you know?" Burton said. "It's like, 'Whoa, man.' The imagery, they've never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story. So I think it's an interesting challenge to direct."
Filming on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is set to begin in early 2008. Burton will work from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). --Ian Spelling
In other Caroll-esque news, I just finished a wonderful "graphic novel" (really more of a graphic documentary) called Alice in Sunderland which, if you are a rabid fan like I am of CLD's works, is like the most in depth player's manual to the area he grew up, places that inspired his writings, and the people around him.
To my UK readers, I learned ALL about "Mackems."
Great read for those who like facts and don't mind Vonnegut-like timelines in a book.