Yet Another ALICE in Wonderland


While you're waiting for Tim Burton's movie version of Alice in Wonderland, tune in to Syfy (or the Sci-Fi Channel as I still affectionately call it) for the television mini-mini-series reimagining called simply Alice.  Many versions of Lewis Carroll's classic have been made, but this one reboots the story as a modern-day fantasy epic.  It's from the makers of Tin Man, Syfy's retelling of the Wizard of Oz story, which starred the wonderful Zooey Deschanel as DG (the modern-day Dorothy), Richard Dreyfuss as the Wizard, Alan Cumming as the scarecrowish Glitch, Neal McDonough as the titular Tin Man, Raoul Trujillo as the lion-like creature Raw, and the mesmerizing Kathleen Robertson as the wicked Azkadellia.  If Alice turns out to be as entertaining as Tin Man, we're in for a treat.

The new version features a great cast with Caterina Scorsone as Alice, Kathy Bates as Queen of Hearts, Harry Dean Stanton as Caterpillar, Tim Curry as Dodo, Matt Frewer as White Knight, Colm Meaney as King of Hearts, Andrew-Lee Potts as Hatter, and Phillip Winchester as Jack Chase.

Here's a description from Syfy's Web site: "Using the classic Lewis Carroll books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass as a jumping off point, writer/director Nick Willing has created the modern-day story of Alice Hamilton (Caterina Scorsone), a fiercely independent twenty-something who suddenly finds herself on the other side of a looking glass. She is a stranger in an outlandish city of twisted towers and casinos built out of playing cards, all under the rule of the deliciously devilish Queen of Hearts (Oscar winner Kathy Bates) who's not very happy about Alice's arrival. In the course of her adventure, Alice enlists the help of an array of characters including the resistance fighter Hatter (Andrew-Lee Potts), resistance leader Dodo (Tim Curry) and the White Knight (Matt Frewer). Rounding out the stellar cast are Colm Meaney as the King of Hearts, Harry Dean Stanton as Caterpillar, Alessandro Juliani as 9 of Clubs, Timothy Webber as Carpenter, Alex Diakun as Ratcatcher, and Eugene Lipinski as Doctors Dee and Dum. For this re-imagined adaptation, writer/director Nick Willing mines the bizarre ingenuity and twisted logic of Carroll's work to create a daringly different, boldly colorful and delightfully skewed dreamscape of his own. Willing also directed the record-breaking, Emmy-winning miniseries Tin Man for Syfy in 2007. Serving as executive producers for this ambitious new event are Matthew O'Connor and Lisa Richardson from Reunion Pictures, Jamie Brown from Studio Eight and RHI Entertainment's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr."

Alice is scheduled to air December 6 and 7 at 9 p.m. on Syfy with multiple repeat airings during the week (click here for the full schedule).

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