Whit Anderson has found another job.
Two years ago, Whit Anderson was hired by Warner Bros. to write the screenplay for a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film. She wrote it; they rejected it entirely and fired her. Nothing more has come of that project.
Now, Nellie Andreeva of DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD reports that NBC is finalizing a deal for WONDERLAND, a drama set in Alice’s Wonderland universe (created by Lewis Carroll) to be written by Anderson. WONDERLAND will be a sequel to ALICE IN WONDERLAND and centers on Alice and Clara (a new character). Seven years after Clara’s life takes an unexplained turn for the worse, a mysterious stranger tells her that an explanation lies in the world of Wonderland. To revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara must wage war against Wonderland’s reigning Queen, who is, apparently, the original Alice.
Alice in Wonderland is a very popular story to re-imagine. The Mad Hatter has turned up in ONCE UPON A TIME. There are no fewer than 24 versions of it avaialble on Netflix. The CW is working on a contemporary version called WUNDERLAND, created by Chad Hodge (the guy who gave us THE PLAYBOY CLUB). Their version will be centered around a female cop who discovers there is another world beneath the surface of modern Los Angeles.
Alice is everywhere, but Anderson’s new approach does sound interesting.
“Whit Anderson is a true visionary,” said Producer Anthony Zuiker. “Her re-imagining of Alice In Wonderland blew us away and we are very excited to bring this to television.”
I sure would like to read that Buffy script that was rejected by Warner Bros.