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.”
“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.”
Mia Wasikowska, an up-and-coming actress from Australia and actress on HBO’s In Treatment, is set to star as Alice in Tim Burton’s upcoming big screen version of Alice in Wonderland.
Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) has already written the script for the film.
Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Johnny Depp could play the role of Mad Hatter.
The film is set to begin shooting in 2009 and will combine live action with performance-capture animation.