In the first of many Comic-Con reveals, it looks like Lionsgate will be jumping into the television fairy tale foray and will be producing a TV series based on the Zenescope ‘Wonderland’ graphic novels.
The novels are a modern day retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic story ‘Alice in Wonderland’ but told from the point of view of Alice’s daughter. ‘ Lionsgate beat out six other studios which included Warner Bros. Television, CBS TV, 20th TV, ABC Studios and Sony TV in a bidding war for the TV rights which will take the three books (‘Return to Wonderland’, ‘Escape From Wonderland’ and ‘Beyond Wonderland’) and bring them to the small screen.
The project was then brought to producer Brian Robbins (‘Smallville,’ ‘Supra Ninjas’) through his first –look deal with Lionsgate TV who decided to come on board.
“As soon as I read the graphic novels, I knew there was something great there for TV,” said Lionsgate TV Group president Kevin Beggs, “Brian Robbins was my first call, and he saw the same potential I did. Brian’s expertise, coupled with (co- creators/writers of the novels) Ralph (Tedesco) and Joe’s (Brusha) exceptional reimagining of the ‘Alice in Wonderland story,’ is a powerful combination.”
Robbins, who served as executive prouducer for ‘Smallville,’ was very interested in the project and sees similarities between ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Smallville:’
“I was really drawn to the visuals; they’re dark, intense and sexual in a really provocative way. I love that it’s a mother-daughter story; that’s what really drew me to it. In the same way that (Smallville’s) Clark had a similar relationship with his father, there’s a parallel here. It’s a really great retelling of the Wonderland story…There’s an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville.”
A search is currently underway to find a writer to adapt the novels with casting soon to follow. On Robbins’ part, he’d like to see an established actress to play Alice with a newcomer to play her daughter.
Who would you want to see in the roles?