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Syfy's 'Alice' Adaptation: Was It Too Weird?

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 7th 2009 1:46PM
Caterina Scorsone, Alice
A lot may have changed in the 143 years since the events of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' One thing, though, has remained wonderfully consistent: Wonderland is one weird place, as evidenced by Syfy's modern foray into that world with 'Alice.' The two-part miniseries premiered last night and concludes with its second two-hour installment tonight at 8 p.m.

While the original book, and subsequent film, television and stage adaptations, showcased a seeming idyllic pre-industrial world of beauty and color, that world appears mostly gone by the time this generation's Alice tripped through the Looking Glass.

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Modern 'Alice' Goes Through the Looking Glass

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Dec 2nd 2009 11:55PM

Ever wonder what famous literary character Alice would be like if she were alive today? Well, ponder no more! Nick Willing, director of 2007's record-breaking, Emmy-winning miniseries 'Tin Man' is taking the classic Lewis Carroll story and putting a modern spin on it. Just as Willing took 'The Wizard of Oz' and twisted it into 'Tin Man', he's taken 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' and adapted them to the contemporary world in a 4-hour, 2-night miniseries 'Alice'.

Alice is now Alice Hamilton, a fiercely-independent twenty-something who witnesses her lover Jack Chase get kidnapped by two thugs and driven into darkness. Desperate to find Jack, Alice puts her trust in a stranger who calls himself White Rabbit, and suddenly finds herself on the other side of the looking glass.

She's a stranger in an outlandish city of twisted towers and casinos built out of playing cards, all under the rule of a devilish Queen who isn't happy about Alice's arrival. In her quest to get answers and find Jack, Alice must deal with a host of outrageous characters including the flying scarabs, the thundering Jabberwock, the Pool of Tears and the clinically insane Doctors Dee and Dum.

The 'Alice' cast is star-studded, including Canadian Caterina Scorsone as Alice, Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Curry as Dodo, and Colm Meaney as the King of Hearts, among many others. AOL TV Canada sat down to talk to the director and Scorsone about the upcoming miniseries, and how the 150-year-old story is relevant to today's world.

Read Q&A After the Fold!

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