In times of olde, Lewis Carroll wove a whimsical web of literary loveliness:,bringing us not only manxome tales of the uffish Jabberwock – a frabjous tale that brought many a chortle – but the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland: a dreamlike odyssey filled with cham, imagination, and a world that would later be co-opted by the Disney Corporation. Yet beneath it all, the work of Carroll seems born from the deepest throes of an absinthe binge: one experienced by a wild-eyed lunatic, laughing a maniacal laugh while penning his works in sh*t on the walls of a Victorian asylum.
Hyperbole aside, these darker undertones were brought into the video game realm by American McGee’s Alice, its sequel Alice: Madness Returns, and of course, Ms. Pandora Boxx’s attempt to turn nightmares into a renewable energy source. For those of us on the more spooky end of the gaming spectrum, there has been a bit of curiosity as to when, or even if, we might see more of Wonderland’s part-time heroine. Luckily, American McGee has proposed a “computer-animated continuation” of the franchise, to be funded by Kickstarter.
While stating that he “always envisioned Alice’s journey as a trilogy,” the new material looks to stray beyond the established formula. Rather than a twisted vision of Carroll’s work, Alice: Otherlands seeks to explore the “interior landscapes” of people such as Vern, Vincent van Gogh, Edison, and other prominent members of the time of mid to late 19th century. According to the Alice creator, the cost of the project isn’t simply a matter of funding production; it is also a matter of acquiring film rights. Thus, the variety of places explored will depend on the amount of money raised. Should funding permit, McGee has also teased the idea of a “feature-length” production that would encompass the whole of Alice’s story. The project is currently at just over $104,000 – well short of its $200,000 goal – with 11 days to go.
What do you think, gamers? Are you excited at the thought of another whimsical trip down the rabbit hole? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to check out the Kickstarter for Alice: Otherlands!