According to The Wrap James Bobin is in very early talks to direct Alice in Wonderland 2. The sequel was put into development last year and with Tim Burton unlikely to return, the studio is considering the director of The Muppets as a potential replacement.
Johnny Depp may return as the Mad Hatter, but it doesn’t look like a done deal at the moment. Depp is said to be meeting with Bobin, and then the producers will decide if he’s a good fit. The director is currently working on The Muppets… Again! which will be released next March.
Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton was brought back to work on the sequel last year. Woolverton is popular with Disney having written Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Angelina Jolie’s upcoming Maleficent movie. Burton’s Alice in Wonderland made $1 billion worldwide, won two Oscars for art direction and costume design, and is the reason we’ve been getting a bunch of Snow White movies along with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and more recently Jack the Giant Slayer.