Burton wanted to shake up 'Alice in Wonderland'

The 51-year-old director Tim Burton admits he wanted to work on the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie because he had never “clicked” with previous adaptations of the Lewis Carroll book.

He said: “I think there has been around 20 different versions of ‘Alice’ and I was always intrigued because they’ve all suffered from the same kind of thing. I always loved the material, there is a reason why it’s been around for so long, but none of the versions ever really clicked.

“We didn’t try to follow the stories. The versions I’ve always seen are a little girl who seems like a brat, wandering around with a bunch of weirdoes. With each of those characters, they’re all mad, but we tried to give them their own particular madness.”

Meanwhile, cinema chain Odeon has reversed a decision to boycott ‘Alice in Wonderland’ over Disney’s plans to release the DVD after 12 weeks rather than the usual 17.

Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but a statement from Odeon said: “The Odeon and UCI Cinema Group is pleased to announce that, following detailed negotiations with the Walt Disney Company Ltd, an enduring agreement has been reached encompassing all the different aspects of both companies' commercial relationship.”

Tim said he is relieved about the turnaround.

He said: “I’m just glad to see it resolved. We always made this movie to be seen on 3-D screens so I’m very happy and grateful.”

‘Alice in Wonderland’ is released worldwide in March.

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