Cult horror game American McGee’s Alice gets surprise TV adaptation

David Hayter, X-Men’s writer, has adapted EA’s cult horror classic Alice for TV.

Today’s Hollywood Reporter revealed that Ted Field, Radar Pictures boss, has acquired the rights to American McGee’s Alice and plans to adapt it for TV in partnership with Abandon Entertainment.

It is not yet clear if the project will be released, cast or streamed on a broadcast/streaming platform. However, the project does include David Hayter, an X-Men writer and English voice actor for Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid – attached to it. Hayter released a statement expressing his excitement about the adaptation, saying that he was “overwhelmed to bring this world full of madness and wonders to a worldwide audience.”

The Alice TV series will adapt American McGee’s Alice 2000 and its sequel Alice, Madness Returns (2011). This action-adventure series is darkly based on Lewis Carroll’s 1855 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and 1871’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

According to THR, the series will be set after Alice returns from her trip through The Looking Glass. This follows her family’s fire and her parents’ deaths in the fire. Like in the games Alice is the only one to survive the accident and is sent to a mental institution, where she will be summoned by the White Rabbit back into Wonderland.


American McGee, the game creator, stated that David Hayter “brings imagination, experience, stealth sneaking skills, and imagination through successful missions in film and TV – a unique combination certain to make this adventure in Wonderland a success for the franchise, the fans, and the franchise,” in a statement. I am thrilled to work with him, and know that the Alice fans will love him with mad affection.”

McGee also sent a tweet (opens in new tab) shortly after the TV program’s announcement. It read: “I’d hinted that a major news announcement was coming and it’s finally here just before the Chinese New Year and year of the Tiger. Let’s make this happen @DavidBHayter

We haven’t seen Alice or her twisted version in Wonderland since 2011, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. McGee has been hard at work on Alice: Asylum over the past few years, and is sharing her progress with fans via Patreon (opens in new window). Although we don’t know the exact release date, it is safe to say that we are eager to explore Wonderland once again.

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