Tim Burton's Alice beaten?
I think somewhere two films have been mixed up. If you were looking to see Tim Burton making his own vision of Alice in Wonderland you might expect something as distant and as far removed as the following trailer, except this isn't Burton's Alice in Wonderland because his, as we've seen, is extremely traditional, and that's the biggest surprise, just how normal Burton's version looks compared to this one.
The following trailer is for the SyFy (a television company's attempt to rename a whole film genre) channel's Alice which is set to be a two part television show, and it looks completely turned around and written from the ground up, something I thought Burton would have done himself.
Yet there are warnings to go with this. The SyFy version from writer and director Nick Willing, who also created Tin Man, Alice im Wunderland for German television and the television version of Jason and the Argonauts, looks rather lacking in the budget. A budget that looks less spent on sets and locations than it has been on big name talent, for the two part mini-series boasts Kathy Bates, Tim Curry and Colm Meaney as well as Harry Dean Stanton and Matt Frewer. Caterina Scorsone is playing Alice.
Here's the trailer through the excellent Quiet Earth:
It does look a little cheap, and maybe that's because the shots aren't finished, or that it's just the way it's going to be, but the story itself looks amazingly different and hugely re-worked. It's either going to be a complete hit or a complete failure.
However what it does show is that, as polished and Burton-esque as the sheen on Alice in Wonderland looks, it's as traditional as traditional can be, and this is the one that has broken new ground.
Imagine if Tim Burton had made this version with a budget similar to his Alice in Wonderland?