The Los Angeles Times recently caught up with Tim Burton on the set of his upcoming Disney adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for a chat about this weekend's upcoming Scream Awards on Spike TV, where he will be presented the Immortal Award for his contributions to the horror and SciFi genres. Here is what the director had to say about his reimagining of the Lewis Carroll 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"
About getting Johnny Depp to play the Mad Hatter, Burton said: "He loves doing (oddballs). That's never a problem. 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."
And about the proposed Dark Shadows big screen adaptation, Tim could only answer: "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!"
Alice in Wonderland was released March 5th, 2010 and stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen. The film is directed by Tim Burton.