Disney has come through the rabbit hole and pronounced that the Tim Burton-directed 3D conversion Alice in Wonderland surpassed the $1 billion mark in global box office. For non-sequels, that puts the picture behind only Titanic and Avatar.
Given that happy ending, it’s small wonder that Disney and other studios have placed a premium on public domain fairy tales. I’m hearing Disney has been flirting with Timur Bekmambetov as possible director for its Mitchell Kapner-scripted origin story The Great and Powerful Oz. That project had Adam Shankman and Sam Mendes mentioned as possible filmmakers, and it’s just one of a slew of Oz pictures percolating. The Wanted director also is circling Disney’s Jungle Cruise, the long-gestating action-adventure movie idea based on the Disney theme park ride. Timur pitched a take to film’s Mandeville producers and writers are meeting on the project.
Back on the fairy tale front, Disney recently made the seven-figure deal for a reinvention of Cinderella that will be scripted by The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna.