American McGee‘s version of Alice in Wonderland, which was turned in to two games, Alice and Madness Returns, is going to be turned in to a television show with Snake himself, David Hayter, as showrunner.
“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,” said Hayter.
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“David Hayter brings imagination, experience, and stealth sneaking skills gained through successful missions in film, TV, and video games — a unique combination sure to make this adventure into Wonderland a successful one for the franchise and the fans. I am excited to be working with him and know the Alice fans will welcome him with mad affection,” adds McGee.
The will follow the same plot as the games, Alice returns from Wonderland but gets locked up in a mental institution after repeated suicide attempts. Eventually the White Rabbit finds her and she does manage to get back to Wonderland but it is a dark, corrupt version of the fairy-tale place she first visited.
This isn’t the first time the Alice series has tried to switch formats, before the first game was even produced Miramax head Bob Weinstein snapped up the rights to make a film based on the game. However, the film got stuck in production hell and swapped writers, studios and stars, switching from live action to animated. Things seemed to settle down in 2006 when the film was given a budget of $40-$50 million and Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar set to star. By 2008 the project was dead in the water and was abandoned.
American McGee famously stated at the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One that ” I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile / online games we’re seeing globally.”
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