EXCLUSIVE: Disney Eyes Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" for Stage Musical

News   EXCLUSIVE: Disney Eyes Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" for Stage Musical
 
Broadway may go through the lookingglass. Playbill.com has learned that Disney Theatrical Productions is creating a new stage musical based on the hit 2010 Tim Burton film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland."

Johnny Depp in the 2010 film.
Johnny Depp in the 2010 film. Photo by Walt Disney Pictures

Disney Theatrical Productions executives have met with key members of the film, including director Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton, to develop the property as a stage musical. Woolverton authored the screenplay for Disney's "The Lion King" and is also the Tony Award-nominated book writer of Beauty and the Beast, Aida and Lestat.

Burton will oversee the production, though he will not direct. Woolverton will adapt her screenplay for the musical. Playbill.com had previously learned that Robert Jess Roth is set to helm the stage musical that will have choreography by Matt West. The duo also collaborated on Disney's first Broadway outing: Beauty and the Beast.

A composer, or songwriting team, is not yet in place and there is no current timeline for a Broadway arrival.

Disney had no comment on the project.

The Tim Burton film, which was released in 3-D, starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. It earned $116 million in its opening weekend and has grossed $1 billion worldwide.

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