NBC Buys 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel From 'CSI' Creator Anthony Zuiker Deadline
NBC is putting the finishing touches on a deal for a project from “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker that is a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” Deadline.com reports.
The project, “Wonderland,” will be written by feature writer Whit Anderson. Zuiker, who has an overall deal with ABC Studios, is partnering with studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop the show.
“’Wonderland’ is set years after the events in the book and centers on Alice and a new character, Clara,” the story reports. “Seven years ago, Clara’s life took an unexplained turn for the worse, and a mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all … an explanation that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. To revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara must wage war against Wonderland’s reigning Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice.”
Said Zuiker: “Whit Anderson is a true visionary. Her reimagining of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ blew us away and we are very excited to bring this to television.”
The report notes: “The ‘Alice In Wonderland’ concept is popular this season. The CW has in development ‘Wunderland,’ a contemporary reimagining of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ from McG and Chad Hodge. And Lionsgate TV is prepping a pitch after acquiring this summer Zenescope’s ‘Wonderland’ graphic novels, a modern retelling of Carroll’s novel from the point of view of Alice’s daughter. ABC, of course, has elements from ‘Alice In Wonderland’ featured in its fairytale drama ‘Once Upon a Time,’ which is likely the reason the ABC Studios-produced ‘Wonderland’ sold to an outside network.”