American McGee is trying to get the film rights to the Alice series his company Spicy Horse have been developing games for. American McGee’s Alice (2000) and Alice: Madness Returns (2011) are a twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which have developed a cult following over the years. They follow a much older Alice whose trips to Wonderland have turned into a nightmarish reflection of her broken psyche. In Alice: Otherlands McGee is wanting to create a series of computer animated shorts where Alice is no longer traversing her own broken mind, she travels through the minds of Victoriana’s best and brightest. Having seen some of the amazing animation that was done for Madness Returns this could be a very promising project.
McGee was in the process of trying to Kickstart OZombies, a dark take on the Wizard of OZ, but cancelled that project when the opportunity to get the film rights to Alice from the current licence holders Collision Entertainment. He has turned to crowd funding in an attempt to raise the $200,000 needed to buy the rights. Whether or not he has stopped trying to work with Electronic Arts (EA) on a third Alice game or if indeed this project is part of his plans to entice EA to produce a third game is anyone’s guess.
Video games seem to have a much better track record for reaching their crowd funding goals than horror movies have, with the Fear Clinic movie not even a tenth of it’s way to funding and the Lesley Vernon sequel Kickstarter also not getting off the ground, so it will be interesting to see if McGee succeeds or not. You can visit the Alice: Otherlands Kickstarter here.