A few more projects in development that have piqued my interest. Apparently, this week the theme is Harry Potter.
Old News: I’ve been mildly interested in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, currently filming in London. Naturally, it features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter but when Alan Rickman (Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series) was announced as the Caterpillar, I was completely sold. I adore Rickman and would pay to watch him sort socks. This movie has officially been moved to my I Can’t Wait list. Check out the rest of this cast: Mia Wasikowska as Alice (Thank heavens Burton was original enough to cast someone besides Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin! Yes, they’re talented but they’re not the only fish in the sea.), Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Michael Sheen as the Cheshire Cat, & Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts. Yes, this will be weird but it could also be freakin’ awesome!
New News: Another person on my List of People I Would Pay to Watch Sort Socks is Emma Thompson. She’s an amazing actress but an even better writer. Her Oscar-winning adaptation of Sense & Sensibility had a huge impact on me. It was published along with her production diaries which are very funny. What I love about Thompson is that she combines that famous dry British wit with a surprisingly sentimental bent.
She has played the near-sighted seer, Professor Trelawney, in the Harry Potter series and while she appears in the upcoming 6th installment, she has announced that she will not return for the 2-part finale. Instead she will focus on writing, producing, & starring in a sequel to Nanny McPhee which she also wrote, produced, & starred in. I can’t say I’m too disappointed. Trelawney is a minor character in the Potter series &, if I remember the books correctly, her most important revelation occurs in the 6th book (or maybe it was book 5 & they left it out of the movie). Anyway, Nanny McPhee is one of my favorite movies; an almost perfect fairy tale, a Mary Poppins for a new generation. Just like Sense & Sensibility, Thompson adapted it from a book. It’s funny, charming, romantic, and has the most creative, quirkiest art direction I’ve seen in a long time. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend renting it!