A few weeks ago we heard the somewhat distressing news that 'Once Upon A Time' creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz had begun eying a spin-off series around the fan-favorite Mad Hatter character, albeit one that would likely move forward with a new actor given Sebastian Stan's commitment to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Producers ended up downplaying those reports, but has the spin-off decided to move forward with a new 'Wonderland' focus? And might industry vet Jane Espension be behind it?
It's pilot season, and it seems all of the major networks are making the grab for high-concept series, particularly with competing projects in development at other networks. The latest buzz-worthy pilot comes to us courtesy of NBC, as a sequel series to the classic Lewis Carroll tale of 'Alice and Wonderland.' Simply dubbed 'Wonderland,' the new series would see Alice re-imagined as villain to a new heroine, but will a competing CW project put it out of business before it begins?
Doesn't every good TV series description start out that way? Indeed, TV seems to have reached the age of the "classic story with a twist" full on, as NBC is the latest to fall victim to the scheme of re-imagining classic tales. A few weeks ago, we heard about The CW rebooting 'Alice in Wonderland' as a modern-day Los Angeles detective story with a twist, but now NBC wants to beat them to the punch with its own take on the Lewis Carroll tale. How out there does NBC's version go, and when will it air?
If you've been browsing around for a more modern take on the whole 'Alice in Wonderland' storyline and that '90s TV series just didn't cut it for you, you're in luck. Lionsgate TV, the production company behind Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' and ABC's new show 'Nashville,' just won the rights to make a series based on the 'Wonderland' graphic novels from Zenescope Entertainment.