Dorothy & Alice
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Author:  Sotiris [ Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:36 am ]
Post subject:  Dorothy & Alice

Netflix just scooped up the spec Dorothy & Alice in a hotly competitive bidding situation with a number of producers who were after it for its franchise potential. The project was picked up for producer Bryan Unkeless at Clubhouse Pics who is on a roll right now with the critically acclaimed I, Tonya. Written by Justin Merz, Dorothy & Alice is the fantastical friendship between two iconic figures from literature. Which makes sense as Merz is an English teacher at a Santa Monica school.

The logline: Haunted by nightmares of Oz’s impending destruction, Dorothy Gale finds herself in a home for others like her with troubling, vivid dreams. While she is there, she meets a mysterious girl, Alice – who involves her in a perilous quest to not only save the worlds of imagination — those which we come to realize are real and not just dreams — but the world as we know it.

Merz, who previously sold his script Topsiders (written with Jonathan Rosenbloom) to Dreamworks and worked on Rose Red at Disney, is repped by Paradigm, The Gotham Group and attorney Matthew Saver.
Source: https://deadline.com/2017/10/dorothy-an ... 202188150/

Netflix has tapped up-and-coming screenwriter Anna Klassen (When Lightning Strikes) to write Dorothy and Alice, which follows the fantastical friendship between two of literature’s most iconic characters — Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

Justin Merz (Disney’s Rose Red) wrote the initial draft of the script on spec when he was a schoolteacher in Santa Monica. Bryan Unkeless (I, Tonya) is producing via his Clubhouse Pictures banner, and Netflix acquired the project in 2017 as a potential franchise starter.

The original script found Dorothy Gale haunted by nightmares of Oz’s impending destruction. Sent to a home for others like her who experience troubling, vivid dreams, she soon befriends Alice, a mysterious girl who involves her in a perilous quest to not only save the worlds of imagination, but the world as we know it. However, Collider has learned that the plot has changed since the announcement about the initial spec sale, as Netflix and Unkeless want Klassen to take the project in a different direction, which, naturally, is being kept under wraps.

Klassen took to Twitter to confirm the news after her IMDb Pro profile was updated. “The Cheshire Cat is out of the bag: I’m writing Dorothy & Alice for Netflix, a fantasy adventure epic. I grew up reading these books & this project has been endlessly fun to craft – to reinvent treasured characters and explore the worlds I wanted to inhabit as a kid.”
Source: http://collider.com/anna-klassen-doroth ... lix-movie/

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