Back in 2000 the game American McGee’s Alice came out. Remember how creepy it was? Here is the original trailer for it.

I do recall playing the game but I can’t remember much of it now. That’s old age for you!

David Hayter, the screenwriter for the first of the X-Men movies, has signed on to write and produce a TV series based on the original game. The show will be produced by Radar Pictures in association with Abandon Entertainment.

David Hayter
David Hayter

The game and the series are based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass. The design of the game was created by American McGee who had previously developed games like Doom and Quake.

The TV series will begin:

…after Alice returns from the trip through the Looking-Glass to find her house is burnt down and her parents have died in the fire. Alice is the only survivor of the terrible accident. After repeated attempts at suicide, she gets locked up inside a mental institution and is slowly wasting away there before she is summoned to Wonderland again by the White Rabbit. But this time it’s a Wonderland gone seriously bad and gory. The only chance for Alice to restore her peace of mind and find out more about the death of her parents is to fight through Wonderland and free it from the evil powers.

So light entertainment then? Hayter has said about the project:

“American McGee’s Alice and Alice: Madness Returns game series is a ground-breaking reimagining of the classic tale. It takes you into the heart of a corrupted Wonderland and throws light into shadowy corners the world has never seen. I am beyond excited to bring this world of madness and wonder to a global audience.”


I can’t say that expressions like “ground-breaking reimagining” fill me with confidence. McGee added:

“David Hayter brings imagination, experience, and stealth sneaking skills gained through successful missions in film, TV, and video games – a unique combination sure to make this adventure into Wonderland a successful one for the franchise and the fans. I am excited to be working with him and know the Alice fans will welcome him with mad affection.”

The original game was followed up with a sequel in 2011 called Alice: Madness Returns. McGee is currently working on a new entry in the game series, Alice: Asylum.

Do you remember the game?

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