Lionsgate TV has beat out five rival studios for the rights to Zenescope's Wonderland graphic novel series. Other studios in the mix were Warner Bros. Television, CBS TV, 20th Century Fox TV, ABC Studios and Sony TV. Brian Robbins (Smallville) will serve as an executive producer under his first-look deal with Lionsgate.
The graphic novels were created by Zenescope co-founders Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory. This modern-day retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is told through the eyes of Alice's daughter. The studio is currently searching for a writer to adapt the material. Brian Robbins also revealed he wants a veteran actress to play Alice, and a newcomer to play her daughter. Here's what the executive producer had to say, likening this project to Smallville.
"I was really drawn to the visuals; they're dark, intense and sexual in a really provocative way. I love that it's a mother-daughter story; that's what really drew me to it. In the same way that [Smallville's] Clark [Tom Welling] had a similar relationship with his father, there's a parallel here. It's a really great retelling of the Wonderland story. There's an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville."
He also added that this project could be a great fit on either a broadcast or cable network.