‘American McGee’s Alice’ — A Gothic Horror ‘Alice In Wonderland’ — Now Gets TV Adaptation

One of the darkest and most inventive video games of all time is finally being adapted for the screen. American McGee’s Alice is a gothic interpretation of Alice In Wonderland from EA Games and visionary creator American McGee. Now THR reports X-Men scribe David Hayter is hired to pen a television adaptation. Radar Pictures and Abandon Entertainment are backing the project.

The original game was released back in 2000 and immediately spawned a feverish cult following. Intense fan adoration helped developer McGee produce Alice: Madness Returns a decade later. Both cult entries are violent and surreal reinterpretations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Alice grew up — and so did Wonderland

According to THR, “The TV adaptation will begin after Alice returns from the trip to the Looking-Glass, her house is burnt down and her parents have died in the fire. Alice is the only survivor of the terrible accident —After repeated attempts at suicide, she gets locked up inside a mental institution and is slowly wasting away there before she is summoned to Wonderland again by the White Rabbit.”

They continue with “But this time it’s a Wonderland gone seriously bad and gory. The only chance for Alice to restore her peace of mind and find out more about the death of her parents is to fight through Wonderland and free it from the evil powers.”

Project writer David Hayter shared a statement of his own, saying “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.”

American McGee’s Alice was nearly adapted for the silver screen in 2001 by none other than horror icon Wes Craven. Dread Central podcast Development Hell has covered this dead project in extensive detail. Check it out here:

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