Johnny Depp to go mad for Alice in Wonderland?

Dec 7, 2012 at 7:50 p.m. ET

Disney's not done with Alice in Wonderland. The blockbuster fantasy has scored a sequel. Its screenwriter has been confirmed, but the cast and director are up in the air.

Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland

Disney is moving forward with a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. We're not surprised they want to take another trip down the rabbit hole. The first film grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It was one of the most successful movies of that year.

Alice in Wonderland was directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton, who adapted Lewis Carroll's famous books. According to Variety, Woolverton's been tapped to work her magic on a second installment. This will be the latest in a long line of family films she's helped make at Disney.

Woolverton's resume reads like a childhood dream. She's had a hand in some of the most successful and memorable films of all time. She worked on Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Aladdin and the upcoming Maleficent (the Sleeping Beauty prequel) starring Angelina Jolie.

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Original Alice in Wonderland producers Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd are all set to return. Now, what about the actors? There's been no mention of Johnny Depp or his infectious alter ego, The Mad Hatter. There's also the question of Burton. Would he be willing to direct the follow-up?

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With tentpoles, studios usually ask the talent to sign multi-picture deals. And we all know Depp has no problem with franchises. Pirates of the Caribbean anyone? The water-logged adventure, which is also produced by Disney, has four films under its belt.

So what do you say Johnny? Are you ready to revisit Wonderland?

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