With the failure of The Lone Ranger at the US box office, you might think Disney would be shying away from being in the Johnny Depp business, but they obviously still love him, as it’s been revealed that the star’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, is moving to the House Of Mouse, and he’s close to signing a deal to return as the Mad Hatter in the planned Alice In Wonderland 2, according to Deadline.
Back in May, James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) signed up to direct the movie from a screenplay by Alice in Wonderland writer Linda Woolverton. Although it’s believed that it’s currently titled Through the Looking Glass, no official title has been confirmed.
While studios normally try to get sequels out as quickly as possible, this one has taken a while to get going. However, as Alice in Wonderland broke the $1 billion barrier at the box office during its theatrical run in 2010, you can understand why they want a follow-up.
Mia Wasikowska will likely return as Alice, but it is not known if other Alice in Wonderland stars such as Helena Bonham Carter or Anne Hathaway will be back. There’s no news on when it might shoot, but with Bobin busy on Muppets Most Wanted, it’s unlikely it’ll be before early next year.