Film and television is no stranger to the occasional adaptation of source material that springs from board games or video games – Witness such efforts as Clue, Battleship, Ouija, Jumanji, Resident Evil, Sonic the Hedgehog, Silent Hill, Mortal Combat, Tomb Raider and Super Mario Bros. Fans have rushed to check these takes by the Hollywood dream factory out for decades, and the movie and TV industry shows no sign in letting up now. Case in point would be the news from our Street Fighter fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter who this very day have revealed that Ted Field’s Radar Pictures has acquired the coveted rights to action adventure game American McGee’s Alice which will begin a live-version translation shortly…
X-Men writer extraordinaire David Hayter has been selected to adapt to television the action adventure game American McGee’s Alice from publisher Electronic Arts. If this particular property sounds even remotely familiar then you can probably chalk up that sense of déjà vu to the fact that the game proper is an adaptation itself of author Lewis Carroll’s famed novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Video game-wise, Electronic Arts has so far released two properties based on the classic novel – Alice and the 2011 follow-up Alice: Madness Returns.
Hayter, who has built a solid reputation in the business through his highly successful scripts to such films as Watchmen, The Scorpion King and X-Men 2, said in a statement today that “American McGee’s Alice and Alice: Madness Returns game series is a groundbreaking reimagining of the classic tale. It takes you into the heart of a corrupted Wonderland and throws light into shadowy corners the world has never seen. I am beyond excited to bring this world of madness and wonder to a global audience.”
The television adaptation is said to take place after Alice makes it back from her expedition in the Looking Glass and finds that her house has been burned to the ground, causing the death of her parents. Traumatized by the tragedy, Alice attempts suicide before being put into a mental institution. It is there that her new adventure begins as the White Rabbit reappears to summon her back to Wonderland.
While no streaming service or broadcaster has been announced as having acquired the new and still in development series, expect some type of announcement on this one soon; American McGee’s Alice has a strong and loyal fan-base that would make any Hollywood bean counter salivate.