I recently discovered that Disney are working on new movie versions of Rapunzel and Alice in Wonderland!
Rapunzel has always been a favourite fairytale of mine. . . something about the notion of having metres and metres of hair has always fascinated me. . . :D
The official title of the new Rapunzel movie is "Rapunzel Unbraided". It will be CGI animated, another Pixar/Disney collaboration - at least - I think Pixar is involved. . . it may just be Disney this time, I'm not sure.
The graphics will take their inspriration from Fragonard's painting The Swing. If that be the case, they should be very beautiful! The film will be visually enchanting. . . lets hope they can get the script right. I'm not sure whether Rapunzel Unbraided will stick with the original storyline of Rapunzel or if it will be a satire on the traditional fairy tale, similar to Shrek or Enchanted.
It's quite an exciting prospect - not counting Enchanted, it's been over a decade since we last had a proper Disney princess movie.
Oh but I forgot. . . there'll be two Disney princess films in two years. Next year, in 2009, Disney will release The Princess and the Frog. It will be - different. It's set in 1920s New Orleans, and the princess is African-American!
I am also very excited about the new version of Alice in Wonderland. . .
In my mind Alice in Wonderland has always held a curious kind of appeal, carrying with it undertones that are. . . not dark, exactly. I'm trying to think of the right word - eccentric, quirky, bizarre. . . best summed up by Alice's words from the book, "Curiouser and curiouser. . ." Lewis Carroll's classic was meant to be taken as a nonsense story, but in spite of the nonsense, everything in it makes sense. In this way it perfectly imitates the strange, crazy dreams that we all have from time to time, in which all sorts of bizarre things happen that seemed to make perfect sense while we were asleep, dreaming.
I think Tim Burton will recognise this aspect of the book. I can't wait to see in what direction he takes this film. . .
From what I understand, Alice in Wonderland will combine live-action footage with animation, something like Beowulf. Also, it seems that once again the two books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will be patched together to make one film.
The cast that has been assembled is interesting, to say the least!! Young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska will play Alice, Anne Hathaway will play the White Queen, Helena Bonham-Carter the Red Queen, Alan Rickman will be the Caterpillar; Tim Pigott-Smith (Richard Hale, Margaret's father in North and South), Christopher Lee (Saruman from The Lord of the Rings), will also feature, and get this - JOHNNY DEPP IS TO PLAY THE MAD HATTER!!! Yessss!! He is absolutely perfect for the role! My anticipation of this film increased about 5oo% when I heard about that last little piece of information. . . :-)
Both Rapunzel and Alice in Wonderland are due to be released in 2010. (LOL, two more 2010 films to look forward to. . . see this earlier post about upcoming versions of My Fair Lady and Wuthering Heights.)
And while I'm in the mood for new movies, here are three films that I think will be made in the next five years:
*A new version of The Sound of Music
*A big-screen version of Northanger Abbey
*A biography of the late Lady Diana Spencer, featuring Keira Knightley as Lady Diana
Just speculation, of course. It's fun to dream.