Johnny Depp has signed on what seems to be a multi-picture deal with Walt Disney Pictures. On Wednesday, September 24, at the Walt Disney Studios Showcase in Kodak Theater in Hollywood, it is revealed that the Academy Award-nominated actor will be collaborating with the mouse house in their three future projects, "Alice in Wonderland", "The Lone Ranger" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 4".
Through the studio's presentation, the 45-year-old has been outed as the erratic Mad Hatter in "Alice", the upcoming adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, as well as the native American assistant of a masked Old West Texas Ranger, Tonto, in Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Ranger". Adding to the fans excitement, Disney's Dick Cook also mentioned that the fourth "Pirates" movie is in the works hinting that Depp will once again pick up his Jack Sparrow role.
"Alice" is a 3-D part live-action, part computer animated movie from director Tim Burton. Scripted by Linda Woolverton, the story will follow the adventure of Alice in a magical world filled of peculiar and anthropomorphic characters. According to Slash Film, during the showcase, Disney present the film's concept art showing the classic cartoon in Burton style, complete with curved and slanted corners. Production is scheduled to start in November for March 5, 2010 release.
Meanwhile, "Lone Ranger" is an adaptation of the classic old-time radio and early television show of the same name which is created by George W. Trendle. It resolves around the quest for justice done by a masked Texas Ranger accompanied by his native American assistant and white horse named Silver. The script will be provided by "Pirates of the Caribbean" scribblers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. It has yet to have any release date.
On "Pirates of the Caribbean 4", much details are still kept well under wraps. Still, words are this fourth film would be focusing on Sparrow as he embarks on a journey to find the Fountain of Youth with Captain Barbossa, leaving Elizabeth and Will out of the adventure. Furthermore, Rope of Silicon suggested that this time, they are forced to team up in order to "defeat some supernatural terror".