The treasure trove that is classic fantasy is being raided once again.
Deadline reports that NBC is bringing Lewis Carroll's world of Wonderland to network television, with a one-hour drama series set in the world of the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and of course Alice.
The new series comes from "CSI" creator Anthony Zuiker as part of his overall development deal with ABC Studios. Set seven years after the events of the book, "Wonderland" finds Alice as the new queen of the fantastic world. Alice's reign has had a profound effect on new character Clara, who must wage a war on the new queen in order to get her life back on track. The series is written by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film remake scribe Whit Anderson.
“Whit Anderson is a true visionary,” Zuiker said. “Her reimagining of Alice In Wonderland blew us away and we are very excited to bring this to television.”
This project is not to be confused with The CW's in-development project "Wunderland," which is a modern day reimagining of the Carroll universe, produced by director McG and Chad Hodge. Or Lionsgate Television's own adaptation of the "Wonderland" graphic novels which are themselves modern-day interpretations of the tale told from the point of view of Alice's daughter. Or ABC's "Once Upon A Time" interpretation of the characters from Carroll's story. Or the Wonderland murder which involved former porn star John Holmes.
All I know about writer Anderson is that she wrote a script that "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon reportedly hated. This does not give me confidence in a reimagining of a classic fairytale, especially one that reframes Alice as the villain.