Variety is reporting that Tim Burton has just signed a deal to direct two new films for Disney Studios.
The first will be a remake of the classic Alice in Wonderland. The film, penned by Linda Woolverton (who also wrote such Disney classics such as Beauty & The Beast and The Lion King), is based upon Lewis Carroll’s original work. Burton will combine performance-capture imagery, like in Beowulf, with live action footage to create unique blend of the film. Production is expected to start in early 2008, and finish up in May.
After that, Burton will tackle a full-length version of Frankenweenie. For those of you who are unaware, the original Frankenweenie is a short film that Burton made back in 1984, about a pet dog that is brought back to life. The film will be shot in stop motion animation.
Both films will be shown in Disney Digital 3D, much like the re-released The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Personally, this is awesome news. I love the original Alice books by Carroll. I hope the film stays true (as much as possible) to the original story, as it is just perfect for a Burton film. Also, the original Frankenweenie is one of those movies that I remember fondly as a kid (and still think of fondly whenever I see it on the Nightmare DVD), and would love to see how Burton expands it for the big screen.