The sequel to Tim Burton’s billion-dollar 2010 pic will be called Through The Looking Glass, and Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to star. Disney‘s new film, directed by The Muppets helmer James Bobin and set for release May 27, 2016, returns Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter. It would be a reunion for Baron Cohen and Depp, who starred together in Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. The Bruno and Borat star’s recent credits include Les Miserables, The Dictator and a voice role in Madagascar 3. In November, he signed a first-look deal with FXP, and FXX ordered Ali G: Rezurection, which features his breakout Ali G character. A week later, he stole the show at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards when he came to the podium to accept a career award and “inadvertently” pushed an elderly wheelchair-bound woman off the stage. Or not.
BREAKING: Alice In Wonderland 2 has been set for a May 27, 2016 release, Disney said today, finalizing a spot on the schedule for the sequel to the studio’s massive 2010 hit that made more than $1.025B in worldwide box office. The Muppets helmer James Bobin takes over from original director Tim Burton and back too is Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter. Depp of course is also in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, which Disney moved off its original May 2015 date and reportedly was aiming it for summer 2016. That would make it the Summer of Depp if those plans are carried out.
As for Disney’s live-action Jungle Book, that pic now has an October 9, 2015 date. Deadline broke the story that Jon Favreau is aboard to direct what is a priority project for the studio from a Justin Marks script. When Favreau’s deal made Marks was wrapping the latest draft and the studio wanted to begin production next year. Looks like all systems are go now that there’s a date. Disney previously turned The Jungle Book into the classic 1967 animated film and a 1994 live-action feature helmed by Stephen Sommers.