Tim Burton to film “Alice” – We’re all mad here.

November 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm (Movies & TV)

So I recently learned that Tim Burton is going to be creating a Burton-style version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (or, to be more correct, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

That makes me sad in several levels.

See, I’m not 100% sure why, but I’ve always had a soft spot for both Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I have a hard-bound, illustrated edition in my collection that I have no plans of every getting rid of.

I’ve always thought Alice’s story was one that had many opportunities to take dark turns, but luckily for her, even in the land where everyone is mad, everything seems to pleasantly go her way around every corner – probably many thanks to it being a children’s novel, I suppose. I had even looked to see if anyone had written a “darker” novel based on the premise a while back but wasn’t able to find anything.

But back in 2000 Electronic Arts and a guy with the rather odd name of American McGee released a computer game designed around just that sort of premise: “Alice” Goes Dark.

To quote the Wikipedia blurb about the plot:

Shortly after her second adventure, Alice’s house is burned down by a fire, killing her parents, and leaving her as the only survivor. Because of the guilt, she tries to commit suicide (bandages can be seen on her wrists), and becomes catatonic. She is institutionalised in Rutledge Asylum. Years later, the White Rabbit summons Alice to aid a radically altered Wonderland, now under the despotic rule of the Queen of Hearts. The Cheshire Cat serves as Alice’s companion throughout the game, frequently appearing to guide her with cryptic comments.

The game’s setting presents a considerably more macabre rendition of Wonderland than that of Lewis Carroll’s original portrayal. Wonderland, being a creation of Alice’s mind, has been corrupted by her insanity.

Yeah, this ain’t Disney’s Alice:

Now, there were plans out there to bring this story to the big screen, which many, many people have on their movie wish lists – but it’s been tossed around for years and as of it’s latest stop it’s been collecting dust at (*sigh*) Fox studios.

And that’s really kind of what makes me sad. That would have kicked such ass as a movie. And I highly, highly doubt that Burton will come up with as cool of a concept, unless he does a blatant rip-off.

Bah. Maybe I should look for alternate novels again…


1 Comment

  1. Jack Skellington Loves Me said,

    Well, maybe you should just wait and see what Tim does with it. You may be pleasantly surprised. And if you don’t like it then at least you’ll have this new version’s forthcoming movie to look forward to. Don’t write Burton’s stuff off, he’s a genius.

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