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Update #9

Alice Kicking Ass on the Big Screen

People are constantly asking me what I think about the Tim Burton Alice movie. Because I have a lot of respect for Burton's collected works and distinct style, it's difficult for me to say I didn't enjoy - or even like - the movie. The visuals were stunning, the costumes amazing, the music inspired and the direction flawless. There's just one problem as far as I'm concerned, and it's a big one. Alice isn't really in the film.

The Mad Hatter is certainly there, as is the Queen. Even the White Rabbit occupies a meaningful amount of screen and story space. But Alice? She's just along for the ride. An empty bag, blowing in the wind. Things happen to her but never because of her. The story's finale hammers home this point when someone reminds Alice that she literally doesn't have to do anything. She just needs to relax and let the Vorpal Blade take care of business. Snore.

For a character whose main obstacle is indecisiveness, you'd expect her final triumph to materialize in a flurry of blades and blood - a definitive signal that this girl isn't just along on someone else's ride. But no. It might have been a Burton film - and I'm certain that left to control the enterprise alone he would have delivered - but more than anything it was a Disney film. Can't be splattering blood all over the place. And god forbid a girl kick someone's ass.

Well... like they say back in Texas, if you want something done right, you've gotta do it yourself.

And so it is that today, I'm really happy to announce the presence of one of the masters of kick-ass, famed Hong Kong writer, producer and director, Tsui Hark. Over the years he's given the world a wonderful display of flying kicks, screaming punches, slashing blades and flying stars. Films like Once Upon a Time in China, The Blade, Seven Swords  and The Killer and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame contain some of my favorite cinematic skull smacking and butt kicking moments. A few words from the man himself: 

Alice wanders in the eye-boggling fantasy land. The madness and violence reveal the inner power of a teenager fighting in a hypocrite world of the adult villains. I can already see the impact of the story as a movie. I'd be more than enthusiastic to participate in any effort to make it possible for Alice to come alive on the big screen. I'd join the team to make this project a wonderful success -----Tsui Hark

It's difficult for me to describe how excited I am for Alice and her future in Otherlands and on the big screen. She's attracting so much creativity and passion from all over the world. In working with visionaries like Tsui Hark, Chris Vrenna and the other directors, writers and musicians we're bringing on board, we have an opportunity to transform our bad-ass, butt kicking Alice into the definitive Alice.

Only problem is... she'll never get into Disneyland.

- American

(Below is the trailer for The Killer and Detective Dee... and a picture of myself and Mr. Hark when he came to visit the studio a few weeks back.)

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      Creator Jay Shah on July 25, 2013

      @ Jeni & Ren Shredder - LOL! Ya'll are funny. Dubstep is that bad/horrible? I love listening to dubstep myself, but I think if Chris Vrenna will be providing the music for this movie, dubstep will be avoided and the appropriate "ALICE" themes and atmospheric music would be used. At least I think so...........cross your fingers. Boo and HISSSS to any EVIL dubstep. So funny. hehe ;-P

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      Creator Jeni Bolotovski on July 22, 2013

      You know something is terrible when its makers feel that adding Dubstep to it is a good idea.

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      Creator Stephen Montalvo on July 22, 2013

      I agree with you about the films (I could never quite put my finger on it). It is especially ironic considering that in the books many of the Wonderland characters are indecisive until Alice comes though and makes a decision. I guess having stars like Depp and Carter sort of overwhelm her. Still, with an animated film that really isn't a problem.

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      Creator Ritchie Tiongson on July 22, 2013

      If McGee's Alice ever made it to Disney World, she'd warp it to reveal its festering underbelly of corporate greed and ruin childhoods everywhere.

      ...I can't say whether that would be horrifying, glorious, or both.

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      Creator Liz Spain on July 22, 2013

      I'm really excited to hear you've got such an imaginative and stylish director working on this project. Detective Dee is a film I stumbled into blindly, but now it's one of my favorites.

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      Creator Jay Shah on July 22, 2013

      @ - Ren Shredder - 2015: ARKYD - Spaaaaaace! ~ LOL

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      Creator Brad Dancer on July 22, 2013

      No need to bring in Disney to this, there's a place for many versions of Alice, that's the beauty of the character. I loved the Disney movie - both the animated and the Tim Burton versions - for what they were, what's the point of even bringing it up? I love your version of Alice, but its even further removed from the original source than Disney. I look forward to the ABC spin-off on Alice, I loved Syfy's version - these are all different - but as a fan of all things Alice, its great to see her stories told in different ways.

      Its easy to bring in Disney and slam them, but what's the point? Focus on your own creativity, don't worry about everyone else. Anyways, I love your work, look forward to this project!

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      Creator Ren Shredder - 2015: ARKYD - Spaaaaaace! on July 22, 2013

      Oh god, I just ask for one favour for the sake of all of us: please no fucking dubstep in Otherlands!

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      Creator Jay Shah on July 22, 2013

      Alice Kicking Ass on the Big Screen! YES, YES, and MOAR YES PLEASE!!!!!! Perfectly said McGee! I agree with the posting above after seeing the "OTHER" Alice movie, it felt incomplete and lacking in so many ways, too many to list and describe. By itself it's OK and fun to watch, but I prefer the American McGee ALICE. ALICE needs to BE ALICE. Dark and disturbing as she may get while fighting all her nightmare foes, and dispensing bloody mayhem and violence when necessary.

      I saw The Killer and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame at Netflix and it was fantastic and a visually stunning movie. It was awesome. An amazing movie ;-}

      Good for David to go to Netflix to check the movie out, and LOL @ Dominic Bowers-Mason!
      My input for movie/animation ideas is limited myself, but I HOPE if this Kickstarter succeeds, this ALICE : OTHERLANDS is an awesome blood drenched and skull cracking unforgettable trip into the world of ALICE, after the Alice : Madness Returns game. I look forward to seeing where this goes. AWESOME! Tsui Hark & Chris Vrenna can bring this to life. This is exciting! ^+^ Cheers!

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      Creator Inakei Gil-Favre on July 22, 2013

      Tsui Hark has brought some of the most imaginative visuals in HK cinema in the 80s and 90s.

      This picture speaks millions to me! Great minds think alike.

      BTW. The Alice:Madness Returns artbook the girl is holding here? It just came in the mail (via TheBookDepository) this week. Can't wait to delve back into Wonderland once more while we wait for Otherlands to come to fruition.

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      Creator Dominic Bowers-Mason on July 22, 2013

      If Nikki Ward's interpretation of how Disney Alice and McGee Alice would get along is any guide, it's probably a GOOD thing she'll never get into Disneyland.

      I mean, Alice, stuck in a small carriage with creepy dolls singing "It's a Small World" on either side of her? Yeeeeeeeeah, that's gonna cause problems.

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      Creator Draken Stark on July 22, 2013

      Sounds and looks awesome!
      Something action packed is not what I'd expect from Alice, but if placed well I would still love to see it!

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      Creator David Wagaman on July 22, 2013

      Off to Netflix to check out Detective Dee!

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      Creator American McGee on July 21, 2013

      @Tim, all animated shorts.

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      Creator Tim on July 21, 2013

      Love the short and though it looked awesome... my only grip with those films, wire work looking like wire work... I would rather a more natural flow to the flying... not sure if it's possible, but that's my opinion, so if Alice is to be animated, then it can be avoided, but if you are going to use real actors, and this style of wire work, I would not be happy.

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