UPDATED: NBC has greenlighted Wonderland, a drama pilot set in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland that is executive produced by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. The project, written by feature scribe Whit Anderson, stems from Zuiker’s overall deal with ABC Studios, which has him partnering with studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners on development. But while the project was developed at ABC Studios, which sold it to NBC in October, the pilot will now be produced by NBC’s sibling Universal TV. (NBC greenlighted ABC Studios-produced drama pilot Hatfields & McCoys yesterday.)
Wonderland is set in modern times and centers on Alice and a new character, Clara. Seven years ago, Clara’s life took an unexplained turn for the worse, and a mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all… an explanation that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. To revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara must wage war against Wonderland’s reigning Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice.
Wonderland is produced by Uni TV, Brillstein and Zuiker’s Dare To Pass banner. Zuiker and Anderson, both repped by CAA, executive produce with Brillstein’s president of TV JoAnn Alfano, Zuiker’s longtime manager, Brillstein’s Margaret Riley and Dare To Pass president Matt Weinberg. This was one of two Alice In Wonderland projects in development this season, along with Wunderland, a contemporary reimagining of Alice In Wonderland from McG and Chad Hodge, at the CW.