The late English director Ken Russell, who made some wild and crazy films in his career, at the time of his death last month was working on a musical remake of a raunchy and bawdy version of "Alice in Wonderland" that "was made by 20th Century Fox [starrring Kristine DeBell] and made nearly $100m at the box office when it was first distributed in the late 70s," reports the U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Russell, the article says, was well into writing the script for the new film. "The new version has the same producer [as the Fox version], Bill Osco, and is due to take inspiration from the original film. The producers are looking for a replacement for Russell on the script and direction and the songs will continue to be written and scored by British composer Simon Boswell.
"Boswell said: ‘It was in many ways a perfect Ken Russell film — raunchy and funny. "Alice in Wonderland" is almost his perfect vehicle, with sexual freakery and religious aspects.’ "
The article continues, "Russell was also hoping to approach Lady Gaga and Rihanna to sing on the film. Roger Daltrey has confirmed that he was approached to play the Mad Hatter."