Pilot Parade: Wonderland, Spy, Big Thunder and Gothica
In the race down the rabbit hole, NBC is clearly in the lead.
TVLine reports the network has decided to move a planned sequel to Alice in Wonderland to the pilot stage. The network nailed down the project by Whit Anderson and CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, called simply Wonderland, in October, a month after The CW announced its own plans for a series called Wunderland.
Wonderland focuses on a young woman named Clara who goes to the title fantasy world to figure out what went wrong with her life, and to square off against an evil queen by the name of Alice. The CW has yet to move forward with its version.
Meanwhile, ABC announced a few interesting pilots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has a show in the works based on the Disney Parks attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Shortened to just Big Thunder, the pilot was written by Ice Age: Continental Drift‘s Jason Fuchs, with Chris Morgan of Fast & Furious fame executive producing. The period drama follows a New York doctor in the 19th century who moves his family out to the frontier town known as Big Thunder. Mysteries, including ones surrounding the mining town’s wealthy benefactor, soon reveal themselves.
ABC also moved a show called Gothica ahead in the production timeline. Described as a “gothic soap opera,” the series will incorporate elements from Victorian literature, including classic public domain figures like Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Dorian Gray. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice screenwriter Matt Lopez is attached to pen the pilot.
In one last bit of pilot news, ABC has found the star of its recently announced Spy pilot. TVLine reports that Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Children’s Hospital) will play the hapless father who joins the Secret Service in order to prove his worth to his super-smart son.