BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Thursday February 25 2010 16:24 GMT

Odeon WILL show Wonderland film

Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland (Pics: Disney Enterprises Inc)

Odeon cinemas WILL be showing Alice in Wonderland after they sorted out their row with Disney.

The cinema chain had refused to show the 3D movie because Disney is releasing the film on DVD five weeks earlier than usual.

This means that cinemas could lose out on ticket sales because people could just buy the film instead.

But Odeon and Disney are said to have held late-night talks on Wednesday and have now reached a new deal.

Normally DVDs don't come out until 17 weeks after a film's first shown in the cinema, but Disney have cut this to 12 weeks for Alice in Wonderland.

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp stars in Alice in Wonderland

Disney says it's done this because they lose money on pirate DVDs - people selling bad copies of films before they come out.


Everyone involved in the movie will be pleased the argument has been sorted out.

The film's director, Tim Burton, said he felt "terrible" about the row.

Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen
Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

And his wife, Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the Red Queen in the movie, said the situation was "embarrassing and awful".


The details of the agreement aren't known, but it's come on a good day - the UK premiere of the film is at Odeon Leicester Square on Thursday night in London.

All of the film's big stars, including Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, are expected to be there.