January 18, 2017

Exclusive: “Alice in Wonderland” producers talk sequel, 3-D conversion!


By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: It was a surprise hit. Tim Burton’s vision of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” busted the bank to the tune of $330 million, thanks, in part, to a post-production 3-D upgrade that allowed the studio to cash in on increased ticket prices.

Talk of a sequel was inevitable. And during a virtual roundtable with HollywoodNews.com to promote the June 1 release of “Alice” on DVD and Blu-ray, producers (and sisters) Jennifer and Suzanne Todd discussed the possibilities.

“When a movie is this successful, there is always talk of a sequel,” Suzanne Todd said. “If Tim and Johnny (Depp) both want to venture down the rabbit hole again – I’m sure it will happen. We have had some preliminary story conversations. But I’m not sure anyone realizes just how hard Tim worked on this film.”

Jennifer added that the greatest challenge to bringing “Alice” to the screen was the effects and green-screen work Burton chose to employ.

“The special effects were incredibly difficult,” she said. “Combining Motion Capture, CG characters, animation, and 3D made this the most challenging film we’ve done.”

We had green everything,” Suzanne added. “Green props, tables, walls, teacups, platforms – so much green everywhere all over everything!”

But Jennifer confirmed that Burton didn’t intend on filming in 3-D because of the difficulty surrounding his special effects.

“It was also more cost-effective for us to convert later,” Jennifer said.

“Tim had the genius idea to make the movie in 3D and it’s been interesting to see how 3D has become so incredibly popular in the years it took us to make this movie,” added Suzanne. “We did not have the time or money to actually shoot in 3D, but our film was planned for 3D release so there were lots of things built in along the way to make that movie going experience satisfying. From an end user standpoint, I think the planned shots in 3D movies like ‘Avatar’ and ours will continue to be better received than 2D films that make a last minute decision to convert.”

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • May 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    “But Jennifer confirmed that Burton didn’t intend on filming in 3-D because of the difficulty surrounding his special effects.”

    “Tim had the genius idea to make the movie in 3D”

    ““It was also more cost-effective for us to convert later,” Jennifer said.

    “We did not have the time or money to actually shoot in 3D”

    “3D movies like ‘Avatar’ and ours will continue to be better received than 2D films that make a last minute decision to convert.”

    How many times are you going to contradict yourself, Jennifer? Did it work in 3D or not?

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