Burton back at Dis in 2-pic deal


Tim Burton is returning home to Disney.

Burton has signed a two-picture deal with the company that will see him direct and produce 3-D movies of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and a remake of Burton's own "Frankenweenie."

The "Alice" adaptation will be a combination of live-action and performance capture and will be based on a script by Linda Woolverton ("The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast"). It will be produced by longtime Burton collaborator Richard Zanuck and former Disney chairman Joe Roth with Jennifer and Suzanne Todd.

Filming will begin in early 2008 with a production completion date in May 08. Disney creative executive Jason Reed will oversee the project.

Burton will then segue to produce and direct a full-length motion picture version of his cult favorite 1984 film short, "Frankenweenie," about a pet dog who is brought back to life by his loyal owner in a very unusual way. The film will be shot in stop-motion animation

Both movies will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D.

"They have 'instant classic' written all over them and will certainly entertain audiences worldwide for years to come," Disney chairman Dick Cook said. "Tim is one of the most dynamic and creative storytellers of our time, and having him back at Disney is just great."

Walt Disney Studios motion picture production president Oren Aviv plans to put the entire company behind "Alice."

Burton, repped by WMA, is putting the finishing touches on the holiday motion picture "Sweeney Todd," starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.