On the set of his upcoming Disney adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland”, The Los Angeles Times got chatting with director Tim Burton who discussed his approach on this version of Lewis Carroll’s classic:
“It’s a funny project. The story is obviously a classic with iconic images and ideas and thoughts. But with all the movie versions, well, I’ve just never seen one that really had any impact to me. It’s always just a series of weird events. Every character is strange and she’s just kind of wandering through all of the encounters as just a sort of observer.
The goal is to try to make it an engaging movie where you get some of the psychology and kind of bring a freshness but also keep the classic nature of ‘Alice.’ And, you know, getting to do it in 3-D fits the material quite well. So I’m excited about making it a new version but also have the elements that people expect when they think of the material.”
In terms of Depp’s casting, he says “He doesn’t like to be the same way twice. That’s good, it always keeps it fresh and all. And he likes the material we have here and he gets it. It’s nice to have people involved that are fans of the material and all.”
As for the long-awaited film adaptation of the gothic vampire soap “Dark Shadows”? Burton has adopted a calm wait-and-see approach – “Oh I don’t know. Take one at time, you know? It’s something I’m interested in of course. Definitely. But I’m going to start shooting this one first.”