Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was a huge hit, making over a billion dollars. It also helped inspire a ton of other live-action fairytale movies. So it's no surprise that Disney is finally moving forward with a sequel.
The studio has hired Linda Woolverton to write the script for the sequel. Woolverton has a solid history with Disney writing other films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and Maleficent. So she definitely knows what it takes to make a solidly good Disney film.
Of course there's no details of what the plot of the sequel will be, but it's obviously inspired by Lewis Carroll's Wonderland novels, and we know Alice will return to Wonderland. We just don't know what adventure awaits her this time around.
There's no word on if Burton will be back to direct or if Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp will return to reprise their roles either. Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd will return as producers though.
I thought Burton's vision of Wonderland was okay, it didn't blow me away. I thought it could have been a lot better but it was still entertaining.
As of right now the other fairytale movies in production are, Maleficent, Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatchers and Jon Favreau's Magic Kingdom, which features characters found in its theme parks.