By: Michael Arbeiter of

Remember that surge of confusion and bizarre awe you felt upon watching Johnny Depp perform the futterwacken at the end of Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland? Well, that same feeling is about to overtake you: has confirmed that Disney is currently developing a sequel to the film, which will again draw from both Lewis Carroll stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

Linda Woolverton, who adapted Carroll’s works for Burton the first time around, has a long history of well-received screenplays for family movies: she is responsible for The Lion King, and contributed to Beauty and the Beast and Mulan. Not a bad track record, though her first stab at Alice in Wonderland did leave a bad taste in the mouths of many critics and adoring fans of the source material (and its earlier cinematic incarnations). Still, it’s no mystery why Disney would return to Burton’sWonderland world for a second go: the 2010 movie grossed over a billion dollars, cementing it firmly as one of the highest-earning films of all time. It presently stands at No. 12, right between Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and The Dark Knight.

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