The original’s $1 billion worldwide take was at least partly down the presence of crowd pleaser Johnny Depp, and so Disney will be thrilled to have entered final negotiations with the star over a potential return.
According to Deadline, discussions have reached an advanced stage, with Depp looking increasingly likely to reprise his role as The Mad Hatter.
With Muppets (2011) director James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair, the sequel has yet to receive an official release date, but expect that to change as soon as Depp has officially announced.
In related Disney/Depp news, Depp has also moved his production company, Infinitim Nihil, to the Mouse House, signing a new multi year first look deal to develop and produce film projects. Let’s not forget he has a new Pirates Of The Caribbean adventure pencilled in for 2015, with Kon-Tiki (2012) directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg preparing to bring Captain Jack Sparrow back to our screens.