The magazine Hollywood Reporter writes that the rights to American McGee's Alice have been acquired, and that one of the X-Men and Watchmen screenwriters, David Hayter, will now make a TV series of the crazy-acclaimed games Alice and the sequel Alice: Madness Returns. Hayter:
American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns game series is a groundbreaking re imagining 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 games are known to be based on Lewis Carroll's twisted tales from the middle of the 19th century, but a really dark twist made American McGee an acclaimed game creator in the early 00's. The TV series will take over where Alice left Wonderland to find her house burnt down, and her parents killed in the fire. Alice is of course quite upset about all this and is put in a mental hospital, but once there she meets the white rabbit again and is dragged on escapades, back to Wonderland. A really twisted wonderland…
In recent years, American McGee has seen the most in the media as he has tried to persuade developers to throw money at another sequel and his version of The Wizard of Oz, but the question is whether he can not row home a mafia big man now. McGee comments on the TV series:
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.
No television company has yet taken on the task of producing and broadcasting Alice. Will EA finance a third game if the TV series is a success?