Wednesday, April 10, 2013

TV: OUAT Spinoff of Alice in Wonderland to feature Paul Reubens

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First, OUAT has a spin-off, apparently called Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (according to IMDB). Deadline states:
 "[The series takes place before the curse in Wonderland] The story is told through the point of view of Alice (Sophie Lowe) who has a generous heart but carries the scars of a long hard life. She is joined by Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), Alice’s love interest, and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha), a sardonic adventurer."
It will be lead by Ralph Hemecker, who directed some of the more interesting and meaty episodes of OUAT like "7:15am," "Hat Trick," "Broken," "Queen of Hearts," "The Miller's Daughter," and "Selfless, Brave and True." It will also be executive produced by Jane Epsenson, whose episodes of OUAT are some of the best written of the series.

Second, they have cast Paul Reubens as the White Rabbit.

Now, I have concerns. OUAT is known for it's shitty CGI, and it appears this series will take place in the green screen Barbie Palace that was Wonderland. Also, even though I watch it every week, OUAT is an incredibly uneven show. I worry that they are trying to capitalize on it's popularity, will spread themselves too thin, and not concentrate all their resources on making OUAT live up to it's potential consistently week to week and moment to moment. In addition, no one has got it right yet (at least in recent years). All the fairy tale shows and movies of recent years have had problems. None have solidly delivered a satisfying, quality fairy tale adaptation (whereas there are thousands of satisfying book adaptations. Take the hint, Hollywood and do what you do best. Adapt a book).

However, this team is definitely intriguing and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes! Especially alongside the sexy CW Wonderland tv show. With all the books being made into TV shows in the Fall, we could be looking a literary shitstorm, or a heyday for TV and books.

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