October 23, 2008

Elfman Heading to Wonderland

Does this news surprise anyone? Composer Danny Elfman has inked a deal to write the score for Tim Burton's new take on Alice in Wonderland. Elfman working with Burton is almost as much of a certainty as Burton working with Johnny Depp.

Upcoming Film Scores is reporting that the deal has been made and Danny Elfman will be scoring the fourteenth time that the two have worked together. Frankly, I have never heard of a more prolific director/composer combo. The two work well together, with Burton's darkly comic visions and Elfman's quirky decisions.

I am looking forward to seeing what this film will look like. I am fully expecting something darker than the Disnay classic, but not so dark as to turn away the family audience. It is going to be a fine line to play, but I think Burton will be able to do it.

The cast is also beginning to take shape with Mia Wasikowska starring as Alice, joined by Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. It is scheduled for a 2010 release.


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