The CW to update Alice In Wonderland as female cop procedural, according to our modern storytelling tradition
The rush to update all fairy tales in the wake of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland has come full circle, completing a magical journey that should then be remade with digital effects, grittier action, and possibly a no-nonsense female cop, as according to contemporary sensibilities. The CW is now developing Wunderland, a McG-produced, very-2012 take on Lewis Carroll's tale that will recast Alice as a detective who discovers a secret, fantastical underworld just below Los Angeles, where deceptive, delusional, self-serving creatures speak in an invented language and engage in petty battles over nothing, and then also there's an Alice In Wonderland world underneath it.
The drama is part of a recent rash of modernized fairy-tale dramas and procedurals—not only Once Upon A Time and Grimm, but also Fox's Sleepy Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane, yes, partners with a female cop, and an in-development, modern take on Peter Pan's Lost Boys (a story that would seem to preclude any no-nonsense female cops, so maybe don't count on it). And of course, Wunderland is strikingly similar to both The CW's upcoming Beauty And The Beast reboot, in which a female cop also discovers a fantastical underworld, and ABC's recent toying with a procedural from Kings creator Michael Green, in which another female cop discovers another fantastical underworld living beneath New York. So, should you be looking to sell a TV show today, maybe consider flipping to a random page of Grimms' Fairy Tales and just pasting a photo of Mariska Hargitay in there.